1. vs. Wet, moist, soaked, saturated. Pulu au i ka huna kai, I am soaked by spray. hoʻo.pulu To wet, soak, moisten, saturate. Nā paipu hoʻopulu pāka, park sprinkler system. (PCP pulu.)
2. n. A soft, glossy, yellow wool on the base of tree-fern leaf stalks (Cibotium spp.). It was used to stuff mattresses and pillows and at one time was exported to California. Hawaiians stuffed bodies of their dead with pulu after removing vital organs.
3. nvt. Any greenery or underbrush cut to be used as mulch, as well as the mulch itself; coconut husk, coconut fiber, raw cotton, tapa pulp; cushion; fine linen; tinder, kindling; soft, padded; to kindle, as fire (preceded by ke). See ex., ʻē #1. Kapa pulu, quilt. Pau pulu, ʻaʻole lau kanu (saying), mulch is gone, no [taro] leaves to plant [all is destroyed]. hoʻo.pulu To mulch, fertilize with compost. (PPN pulu.)
5. Also bulu n. Bull. Eng. Keoni Pulu, John Bull. Ua holo ʻo Hanalē, komo mai ʻo Keoni Pulu, Henry has run off, John Bull has come in [said when one is full: hungry (which sounds like “Henry”) has gone, and John Bull (which sounds like “full”) has come].
6. nvt. nvs. To fool; fooled; fool. Eng. Cf. kamipulu. hoʻo.pulu To act the fool.
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