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ʻuwīʻuwī

/ ʻuwī.ʻuwī / Haw to Eng, Pukui-Elbert,

Also ʻuīʻuī.

1. Reduplication of ʻuwī #1, ʻuwī #2.

2. n., A variety of triggerfish (family Balistidae), so called because it is said to make a squeaky sound.

3. vi., A ceremony to insure sharp teeth for infants: after an infant's tooth is pulled, it is passed under the knee of the child while chanting: ʻUwīʻuwī ka niho o ke kanaka no ka ʻiole, ka niho o ka ʻiole no ke kanaka, e ʻoi ka niho o [name of the child], grind the tooth of the person for the rat, the tooth of the rat for the person, so the tooth of [name] will be sharp. The tooth is thrown away so that a rat will find it and grant the sharpness of its own teeth to the new tooth that will grow in the child's mouth. To perform this ceremony.

4. n., Fermented liquor, swipes.

5. Same as ilioha, horseweeds; to use as a switch; to beat.

  • Examples:
    • ʻUwīʻuwī aku au iāʻoe a pūʻalalā, I'll take a switch to you until [you] bawl.

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