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ʻukulele Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng / ʻuku.lele /,

n., Ukulele. Literally, leaping flea, probably from the Hawaiian nickname of Edward Purvis, who was small and quick and who popularized the instrument brought to Hawaiʻi by the Portuguese in 1879.

  • References:
    • Elbert and Knowlton, 1957.

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ukulele Pukui-Elbert, Eng to Haw,

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ʻukulele Māmaka Kaiao, Haw to Eng,

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U-KU-LE-LE Andrews, Haw to Eng,

s. Uku and lele, to jump. A flea. 1 Sam. 24:15.

Ukulele (u'-ku-le'-le), n. Parker, Haw to Eng / u'-ku-le'-le /,

[Uku, a louse, and lele, to jump.]

1. A jumping uku; that is, a flea.

2. A musical instrument having four strings, played upon with the fingers, said to be so-called because of the leaping of the fingers on the strings.

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