1. nvs. Ripple; ridge, as of twilled cloth or a tapa beater; groove; streak on tapa; grain of wood or stone; thread of a screw; crevice, as in rocks; grooved. See nao-hoʻopaʻi. Kui nao, screw; lit., nail with thread.
2. vt. To thrust the hands into an opening, as in fishing; to probe. (PPN nao.)
3. Intensifying idiom following ʻaʻole or ʻaʻohe and usually followed by words expressing damage, havoc, distress, pain. (Gram. 4.6.) See ex., pāpaʻa 1. ʻA ʻohe nao ka pilikia! How very much trouble! ʻAʻohe nao i ka ua! What didn't the rain do! ʻAʻohe nao i ka ʻeha! Terrible pain!
4. nvs. Dark-red dye; red.
5. n. A variety of taro. (HP 33.)