palaʻā/ pala.ʻā /
1. n., The lace fern (Sphenomeris chinensis syn. chusana), a common wild fern in Hawaiʻi; also known in other parts of Polynesia and in Asia. Long, slender stems support smooth, ovate, pointed fronds, about 30 cm long, which are subdivided three times. Formerly a brown dye was extracted from the fronds.
- Neal 15, 16.
3. vs., Brownish-red.
4. n., Type of stone, used for sinkers for octopus fishing.
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