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hāwaʻe

/ hā.waʻe / Haw to Eng, Pukui-Elbert,

1. n., A sea urchin (Tripneustes gratilla 🌐). Figuratively, of no character or substance, perhaps so used because of the sayings hāwaʻe kai nui, sea urchin with much juice [and little meat, hence useless], and he hāweʻa ʻiʻo ʻole, sea urchin without meat [or brains].

2. n., A kind of stone, used as sinkers for octopus lures.

3. n., Sprouts from sweet potatoes.

4. (Cap.) n., Name of a famous evil sorcerer. See lauhue #1, for figurative meaning.

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