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1. loc.n., Before, ahead, forward, in advance, future, front, first, former, foremost, primary, principal; previously, beforehand; oldest, older brother or sister; senior branch of a family; leader, senior partner, senior; more than.

  • Examples:
    • I mua! Mamua! Forward! Holo i mua, to progress, go forward.
    • Kēia mua iho, the near future.
    • Kēia mua aʻe, fairly near in the future.
    • Kēia mua aku, distant future.
    • Mamua aku nei, some time ago.
    • Ua noho ʻoia i mua o ke aliʻi, he stayed in the presence of the chief.
    • I mua ou, before you.
    • I mua i hope, back and forth.
    • ʻAʻole i … mamua, never before.
    • ʻAʻole au i ʻike iāia mamua, I've never seen him before.
    • ʻO kō mākou mua loa ia, he is our eldest.
    • Na ka mua, na ka muli, belonging to the older [sibling], belonging to the younger [sibling] [a way of describing the parentage of first cousins].
    • Hele mua, older brother or sister, senior branch of a family; to go ahead or first.
    • ʻOi kēia mamua o kēlā, this is better than that; literally, superior this before that.
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2. n., Men's eating house.

Nā LepiliTags: grammar food

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mūʻā

/ mū.ʻā / Haw to Eng, Pukui-Elbert,

1. n., Feeding mouth-to-mouth.

  • Examples:
    • ʻAi ā kau, ʻai ā mūʻā (KL. line 472), fed in the mouth, fed mouth-to-mouth.
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2. n., Bottle-necked gourd, as used for drinking.

Nā LepiliTags: food

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v. To mumble food, as for a child; to eat with the lips.

adv. and comp. prep. Of place, before; in front of; of time, first; previous to; before; usually prefixed with some of the simple prepositions. Gram. § 161.

s. The name of a house for men only in ancient times; the house was kapu to women.

2. The distinguishing name of one of the six houses constituting a family arrangement. See HALE. Eono hale o na kanaka—he mua, oia kekahi, men had six houses—a mua was one; the mua was the eating house for the husband; ai no ke kane ma ka mua, the husband ate in the mua. See Mooolelo Hawaii 59. Holo kiki aku la o Papa a komo i mua e paio me Wakea. Papa ran hastily and entered the eating house or husband’s house to quarrel with Wakea.

2. The front part of a house or room. 1 Nal. 6:20.

3. A poor looking calabash.

4. A person with pouting or large lips.

5. The first born of a family.

6. The first; the beginning; the commencement. Mar. 1:1.

Foremost; preceding all others in a series; first.

Previously; beforehand.

1. A house for men only in ancient times; the house was tabu to women. The women's houses were nua and pea.

2. The distinguishing name of one of the six houses constituting a family arrangement. See hale. Eoho hale o na kanaka—he mua, oia kekahi, men had six houses—a mua was one; the mua was the eating house for the husband; ai no ke kane ma ka mua, the husband ate in the mua. D. Malo, Hawaiian Antiquities, Chap. 59; Holo kiki aku la o Papa a komo i ka mua e paio me Wakea. Papa ran hastily and entered the eating house or husband's house to quarrel with Wakea.

3. The front; front part; frontage.

4. A preceding all else.

A bottle-necked calabash, such as were used to drink out of.

To feed from mouth to mouth, an old custom among Hawaiians; that is, to chew food and feed it to small children.

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