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ʻalalā / ʻala.lā / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. nvi., To bawl, bleat, squeal, cry, caw, yelp, wail, scream; such noises.

  • Examples:
    • Hele ka makuahine, ʻalalā keiki i kauhale, when the mother goes, children bawl at home [a neglectful mother].
  • hōalalā Caus/sim.
    • He aha lā kāu i hōʻalalā mai nei i kēlā keiki? Why did you make that child cry

2. n., Hawaiian crow (Corvus tropicus 🌐), named for its caw; endangered.

  • Examples:
    • He ʻalalā, he manu leo nui, a crow, a bird with much talk [a talkative person]

3. nvt., A style of chanting with open mouth vibration and tremor of the voice, and prolonged vowels; to chant thus

4. vt., To gargle.

  • Rare

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ʻAlalā Place Names of Hawaiʻi,

Hill at Kulaʻimano, Hawaiʻi. Literally, wailing.

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