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Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng,

1. nvi., Famine; to suffer a famine.

2. To squeal (For. 4:457), squeak, tinkle; the sound of wind, of gnashing teeth; any high shrill sound.

  • Examples:
    • Wī ka niho o ke kolohe lā, the rascal's teeth are gnashing [he is getting his just merits].
    • Wī mai nei hoʻi kou leo, how shrill your voice is.
  • References:

3. n., The wī tree (Spondias dulcis 🌐), a smooth, gray-barked tree in the mango family, from islands of the South Pacific. The round or ovoid orange fruits, called wī apples, are 2.5 or more centimeters in diameter, have apple-flavored, yellow pulp surrounding a core with a few seeds.

  • References:
    • Neal 523.
    • PPN wii.

4. n., The tamarind (Tomarindus indica), a large leguminous tree from tropical Africa and possibly Asia, grown for shade and ornament, and for the wood and fruit. The brown pod contains a few seeds embedded in sticky, brown, acid pulp, which is eaten or made into a drink.

  • References:
    • Neal 417.
    • PPN wii.

5. See hīhī wai #1, a grainy snail.

6. n., A female kīkī, a bird.

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