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pōhuehue

/ pō.hue.hue / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. n., The beach morning-glory. (Ipomoea pes-caprae 🌐 subsp. brasiliensis), a strong vine found on sandy beaches in the tropics, the smooth, broad leaves notched at the tip; the flowers pink, bell-shaped; a white-flowered form is rare in Hawaiʻi; the fruits small, dry, round, four-seeded. Hawaiians still use the vines to drive fish into nets. Roots, stems, and seeds were used for medicine, though poisonous in large amounts.

  • Examples:
    • E kā i ka pōhuehue, strike with the pōhuehue. [One hit the sea with this vine to make a rough sea for surfing, or to kill an enemy who was in the sea.]
  • References:
    • Neal 709.

2. n., Poetic name for a fisherwoman's skirt, so called because the goddess Haumea draped pōhuehue, vines about herself as she fished.

3. n., A variety of yellow sweet potato.

4. n., A kind of stone used for polishing canoes.

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s. The name of a running plant like the koali.

2. The name of the root of a species of the convolvulus growing on sand banks, and used with the koali as a cathartic.

3. The name of a species of stone used in polishing canoes.

Pohuehue (pō'-hū'-ē-hu'-e), n.

/ pō'-hū'-ē-hu'-e / Parker Haw to Eng,

1. A running plant like the koali.

2. The root of a species of convolvulus growing on sand banks, and used with the koali as a cathartic.

3. A kind of stone used in polishing canoes.

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