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pūpū / pū.pū / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. n., General name for marine and land shells; beads, snail (Biblical).

  • Examples:
    • Lei pūpū ō Niʻihau, shell beads of Niʻihau. See lei pūpū.
    • Mehe pūpū lā e heheʻe ana (Hal. 58.8), like the snail that dissolves [into slime].
  • References:
    • PCP puupuu.

2. n., Any circular motif, as in tapa.

  • Examples:
    • Kōnane pūpū, checkerboard pattern [with rounded pits on each square, as on tapa].

3. nvt., Relish, appetizer, canapé, hors d'oeuvre; formerly, the fish, chicken, or banana served with kava; to eat a pūpū.

  • Examples:
    • Ā pūpū i ka ʻanae (For. 5:491), and mullet as appetizer.
  • References:

4. nvi., Bunch, tuft, bundle, as of grass; bouquet; to be bundled up; three or four ʻuo tied together, to be used for featherwork.

  • Examples:
    • Pūpū pili, bundle of pili grass.
    • Pūpū husopa (Puk. 12.22), bunch of hyssop.
  • References:

5. nvt., To draw or gather together; to draw tight, as a fishing net.

  • Examples:
    • Pūpū wahi kūʻōʻō ka mahi ʻai o uka; ola nō ia kini he mahi ʻai na ka ʻōiwi, the upland farmer gathers the small injured sweet potatoes; the multitudes find life, when the farmer farms for himself [though the potatoes may be small, the independent farmer supplies his kin].
  • References:

6. See ʻupena papa.

Tags: fauna tapa food

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