1. nvi., To fly, jump, leap, hop, skip, swing, bounce, burst forth; to sail through the air, as a meteor; to rush out, as to attack; to get out of, as from a car; to dismount, as from a horse; to land, disembark, as from a canoe; to undertake; to move, as stars in the sky; to move, as in checkers; a jump, leap, attack.
- Lele māmā, fly swiftly, dart.
- Mea lele mua, aggressor.
- Ka lele mua, the first to play or speak [in a riddling contest); the first sorcery victim (J. [Joseph] S. Emerson, 20).
- Lele maila ia uwē (FS 57), tears poured forth.
- Ua lele ka hanu o Moa, Moa's breath has departed [he has died]. See also ʻuhane.
- I hewa nō iāʻoe i ka lele mua, it is your fault for attacking first.
- ʻĀmama, ua noa, lele wale (For. 5:413), finished, free of taboo, fly on [of the taboo and prayer].
- For lele with emotional words, see ex., hauli, kūpilikiʻi; also cf. haʻalele.
- PPN lele .
2. vs., Contagious, as of disease.
3. vi., Wind-blown, of the rain.
4. vs., Separate, detached, as a leaf separated from a plant for ceremonials.
5. n., A detached part or lot of land belonging to one ʻili, but located in another ʻili.
6. nvi., Hula step: the dancer walks forward, lifting up the rear heel with each step, with slight inward movement; sometimes with the ʻuwehe step with each foot forward. This can also be done backwards; to dance thus.
7. n., An interval of music, the difference in pitch between two tones, always followed by a number from one to six, especially lele kolu, an interval of a third, as from C to E, or lele lima, an interval of a fifth. Minor intervals are followed by hapa, as lele kolu hapa, an interval of a minor third. Lele may also be followed by pā- and a number, to skip that number of notes. Lele in this sense also occurs as a verb, to sing thus.
8. vi., To dry up, to have passed the menopause; to evaporate.
- Ua lele ka waiū o Loika, Lois' breasts have ceased to contain milk.
- Ua lele ka wai nui o ka lepo (Kep. 89), most of the water of the dirt evaporated.
9. vi., To shrink, as clothes.
10. n., Sacrificial altar or stand.
11. n., A tall variety of wild banana (Musa xparadisiaca), formerly planted near the altar (lele). It was offered to the gods and used for love magic. Its essence was thought to fly (lele) to the gods. It was used (for weaning (cf. lele #8): the banana was placed near the child with appropriate prayers in order to obtain the god's consent for weaning. This banana was taboo to women.
12. n., Type of fish (no data).
- KL. line 16.
13. vt., (followed by hapa- + digit). To count by — (digit).
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