1. n., Meeting, assembly, gathering, convention, court, party.
2. nvi., Sennit; cord braided of coconut husk, human hair, intestines of animals; string for a musical instrument; to stretch the ʻaha cord for the outline of a house so that the posts may be properly placed; measurement of an edge or border.
- Ua like nā ʻaha, the sides are of equal length [as of a rectangle].
- E kiʻi i ke kaula e ʻaha ai, get a cord to stake out the house with.
- PPN kafa.
3. n., A prayer or service whose efficacy depended on recitation under taboo and without interruption. The priest was said to carry a cord (ʻaha).
- Ua kaʻi ka ʻaha, the prayer is rendered.
- Loaʻa kā kākou ʻaha, our prayer is rendered successfully.
- Ua lilo ka ʻaha, ā laila pule hou, the prayer has not been successfully given, so pray again.
- Malo 180–1.
4. n., Millepede, so called because it coils itself up like a string.
5. n., Any of the needlefishes of the family Belonidae 🌐.
6. n., Design supposed to resemble the continuing track of a duck, carved on tapa beaters.
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