1. n. A large, black, edible crab (Grapsus grapsus tenuicrustatus) that runs over shore rocks. ʻA ʻama kua lenalena, rock crab with yellow back; fig., swift, strong warrior. (PPN kamakama.)
2. vi. To spread and relax, as the fingers. [The ʻaʻama crab was offered in sacrifices so that the gods would loosen (aʻama) and grant the request.)
3. Redup. of ʻama 1; to talk.