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[Hawaiian Dictionary(Hwn to Eng)]
ʻō.hiʻa

1. n. Two kinds of trees: see ʻōhiʻa ʻai and ʻōhiʻa lehua. (PCP k(a,o)(f,s)ika.)

2. n. Tomato. See ʻōhiʻa lomi.

3. n. A native variety of sugar cane: deep-red and green striped cane when young, becoming bronze-red and yellow-brown on exposure (like leaves and flowers of the ʻōhiʻa ʻai, the source of its name); leaves somewhat variegated. (HP 222, 225.)

4. n. A variety of taro.

5. n. A red birthmark, said to be caused by the pregnant mother's longing for mountain apples (ʻohiʻa ʻai) and eating them.

6. vs. Tabooed, as food patches during famine, so-called because people did not eat from their taro patches, but from upland ʻōhiʻa ʻai, ti, and sweet potatoes (Ii 77).

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