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ʻowā Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. vi., To talk loudly back and forth, roar.

2. nvi., Cry of the ʻaukuʻu, heron, which suggests ʻowā; to cry thus.

3. vi., To retch, gag.

4. n., A measurement equal to half the width of a finger, of fishing nets.

  • Examples:
    • Mākahi a ʻowā, the width of one and a half fingers.
  • References:

5. n., In music, one of the five lines of the staff.

6. Variant spelling of ʻoā #1.

Tags: onomatopoeia rare music

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