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ʻopiuma

/ ʻopi.uma / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. n., Opium.

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2. n., The Manila tamarind (Pithecellobium dulce), from tropical America, both cultivated and wild in Hawaiʻi. It is a medium-sized tree, a legume, with long slender branches, four-parted leaves, whitish flowers in small round heads, and red, twisted pods. Round, flat, black seeds embedded in white, edible pulp were thought to resemble commercial opium, hence the name.

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    • Neal 399–401.

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