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ʻoau Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. n., Oʻahu and Maui name for a freshwater ʻoʻopu fish (Eleotris sandwicensis 🌐) called ʻōkuhe elsewhere.

2. nvi., A cat, so called because of its cry: to mew.

  • Examples:
    • Mikimiki mai ka ʻowau lā, no ka hemahema o ia ala (song of the 1880s), the cat is on the alert, when someone is careless.

3. n., A variety of taro.

4. n., A moss.

Tags: fauna fish Oʻahu Maui onomatopoeia flora kalo limu

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ʻoau / ō'-au / Parker Haw to Eng,

n., A species of ʻoʻopu, a fish. Also called ʻōkuhekuhe.

Tags: fauna fish

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ʻoau / ŏ-ă'u / Parker Haw to Eng,

1st person singular pronoun [ʻO and au, I.] I. (The ʻo is emphatic, and sounded quickly with the following a, it becomes w, as wau; when the ʻo is a little more heard, it becomes ʻowau; hence the several forms.)

1. Au, I, simple form.

2. ʻOau, I, with ʻo emphatic.

3. Wau, I, the ʻo and a sounded quickly together.

4. ʻOwau, I, the third form again emphatic.

Tags: grammar

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ʻoau / ō'-ău / Parker Haw to Eng,

v., To mew, as a cat. See ʻowau.

Tags: onomatopoeia

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