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ʻamaʻu

kikinonoun Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. n., All species of an endemic genus of ferns (Sadleria 🌐), with trunk more or less evident. The fronds are narrower, smaller, and less divided than those of the hāpuʻu. At least one species has at the top of the trunk a mass of soft scales (pulu) used as pillow stuffing. Formerly, in times of famine, the tasteless pith of the trunk was cooked and eaten. The fronds were used to mulch dry-land taro, the stems for plaiting and as sizing for tapa. The ʻamaʻu was one of the forms that Kamapuaʻa, the pig god, could take at will.

2. Place where ʻamaʻu ferns are found.

Nā LepiliTags: flora

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v., To hush up; to keep one from speaking or complaining; ua amau aku au e noho malie, aole pono e pane mai. See hamau.

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amau

kikinonoun / ā-ma'u / Parker Haw to Eng,

n., A species of fern. Same as amaumau.

Nā LepiliTags: flora

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v., See hamau.

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ʻAmaʻu

iʻoaproper noun Place Names of Hawaiʻi WahiLocation,

Street, Kāhala, Honolulu, Oʻahu.

  • Literally, fern.
  • References:
    • TM.

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