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1. n., Thorns on the edge of a pandanus or pineapple leaf; spines on a dorsal fin.

  • Examples:
    • Maka kōkala; thorny eyes, said (sometimes jestingly, For. 5:83) of the Puna people, who concealed the placenta of a newborn child in a pandanus tree, believing that the child's eyelashes would then grow long as the pandanus thorns, giving the child a bright, keen look.

2. Porcupine fish (Diodon hystrix 🌐, Diodon holocanthus 🌐, Cheilomycterus affinis); both spines and flesh are regarded as poisonous; in some localities an ʻaumakua.

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