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uli Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

nvs., Any dark color, including the deep blue of the sea, the ordinary green of vegetation, and the dark of black clouds; the black-and-blue of a bruise. Some song composers avoid this word because connotations of evil or misfortune are associated with darkness and because Uli is a goddess of sorcery (see uli #2).

  • Examples:
    • Uli māhole ka ʻili (song), the skin is bruised black-and-blue.
  • References:
    • PPN ʻuli.

2. (Cap.) n., Name of a goddess of sorcery, said to have come from Kahiki.

  • Examples:
    • E Uli ē, ē Uli nānā pono, ē Uli nānā hewa, ē Uli i uka, ē Uli i kai (prayer), O Uli, O Uli observe good, O Uli observe evil, O Uli inland, O Uli seaward.
    • ʻO ʻoe kā ia, ē ka lāuli pali o Uli (chant by Hiʻiaka), it is you then, O cliff darkness of Uli.
  • References:
    • See HM 574, PH 144–7.

3. n., Early stage in the development of a foetus, as the body begins to form.

4. n., Name given by Malo for subjects of the chief; Emerson says they are black-haired persons.

  • References:
    • Malo 194, 201.

5. nvt., To steer; steersman.

  • Examples:
    • Uli hou ʻo ʻIwa (For. 5:287), ʻIwa again steered.
  • References:
    • PPN ʻuli.

6. n., Short for ʻōuli, omen.

  • Examples:
    • ʻO ka nānā uli, ʻo ka nānā ʻana nō ia i nā uli o ke kanaka, inā he kanaka waiwai, a inā he kanaka ʻilihune (For. 6:85), the study of omens, is a study of the omens regarding a person, whether [he will become] a person of wealth or a poor person.

7. n., Crowing of a cock.

  • Rare

8. n., Type of sweet potato (no data).

  • References:
    • For. 5:664–5.

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