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1. n., A wind-blown grass (Eragrostis variabilis 🌐), famous in songs of Nuʻuanu pali; E. niihauensis on Niʻihau.
2. nvi., A hula step, to do this step, which is said to be named for the grass: one foot taps time with the heel, the toes being stationary, while the other foot, flat, steps forward and then a little back, twice or more; the step is repeated reversing the feet.
3. n., A seaweed, perhaps Wrangelia penicillata, which resembles the flowering head of Eragrostis variabilis 🌐.
4. n., A type of house thatching.
5. vi., To hang loose, as long hair.
- Kel. 116.
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