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mauʻu lāʻili

/ mauʻu lā.ʻili / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. n., A native iris (Sisyrinchium acre), with long grasslike leaves and small yellow flowers, found on Maui and Hawaiʻi between altitudes of 1,000 and 2,000 m. It grows in the Kīlauea Volcano region, and formerly the sap was used to stain the skin so that travelers could prove to others at home that they had been to the volcano.

2. n., Name of a kind of calico with tiny figures, so called because of resemblance to mauʻu lāʻili stains.

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