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kiʻo Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng,

1. n.v., Small pool for stocking fish spawn, as mullet, milk fish, tenpounder, usually attached to longer ponds; puddle, cistern, water sluice, dregs; to settle, as dregs; to deposit, especially of any element beginning with kūkae, as kūkaehao, kūkaelā.

  • Examples:
    • Kai kiʻo, sea water remaining in rock hollows after the tide goes down.
    • Nā kiʻo wai o Kūlanihākoʻi, pools of Kūlanihākoʻi [mythical spring in the sky; its overflow came to earth as rain].
  • References:

2. vi., To excrete, evacuate, give birth to a child (often sarcastic).

3. n., Rootlet of sweet potato.

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