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1. n., Any kind of red pepper (Capsicum annuum 🌐). Figuratively, a controversial or important problem.

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    • Neal 741-2.

2. A tree (Eugenia 🌐 sp.). Its wood was said to be poisonous only from trees at Mauna Loa, Molokaʻi.


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s. The name of a bush or tree.

2. Red pepper, a species with small round pods.

3. The name of a poison tree which is said to have grown on Lanai and Molokai and whose touch was fatal; it was fabled to have been entered by the god Kalaipaihoa o Kahuilaokalani, and thence became a poison tree and was worshiped as a god. See the kaao.

Nioi (nī'-ōi), n.

/ nī'-ōi / Parker Haw to Eng,

1. A scraggy tree of medium height, the wood of which was used in witchcraft. Called also kahuilaokalani, the poison tree.

2. The pepper plant and its fruit.

Place, Wilhelmina Rise, Honolulu, Oʻahu, named for the red pepper plant or for a tree, Eugenia molokaiana, that when growing at Maunaloa, Molokaʻi, was said to be poisonous.

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    • TM.

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