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lamakū / lama.kū / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. n., Large torch, formerly 60 to 90 cm tall, with the light coming from burning kukui nuts strung on a coconut midrib and wrapped in dried ti leaves and placed at the tips of bamboo handles; signal fires; lantern (Lunk. 7.16); sparks, as of a torch (Isa. 50.11).

  • Examples:
    • Lamakū o ka naʻauao, torch of wisdom [said of great thinkers).

2. Name for a medicine applied to sores.

Tags: medicine

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