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kūpeʻe Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng / kū.peʻe /,

1. nvt., Bracelet, anklet; fetters, manacles, handcuffs; to put or tie on bracelets, anklets, fetters; to hogtie.

  • Examples:
    • Kūpeʻe hoaka, bracelet as made of crescent-shaped hog's tusks.
    • Kūpeʻe hoʻokalakala, bracelet of boar's tusks; literally, sharp bracelet.
    • Kūpeʻe palaoa, bracelet of whale teeth, or a single pierced whale tooth on a string worn about the wrist.
    • I kō lākou kūpeʻe ʻana i nā hoe (Nak. 61), because they held back the paddles.

2. n., An edible marine snail (Nerita polita 🌐); the shells were used for ornaments, the rare ones by chiefs. Varieties are qualified by the terms ānuenue, ʻeleʻele, kāniʻo, mahiole, palaoa (literally, ivory, (rare), puna (rare), ʻula.

Tags: fauna marine foods

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