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pūʻili / pū.ʻili / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. n., Bamboo rattles, as used for dancing.

2. vt., To clasp, hold fast in the hand, embrace, grasp firmly.

  • Examples:
    • Pūʻili mai ʻoe ā paʻa, hold tight.

3. n., A type of tapa-beater pattern: tips of zigzag ridges in adjacent surfaces meet and form sunken lozenges.

  • References:
    • Cf. koʻeau, in which the ridges are parallel.

4. n., Berry of the pōpolo plant.

5. A game played with sugar-cane flowers.

  • Rare

Tags: dance tapa rare

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