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1. nvi.. Jaw, cheekbone. Fig., to talk a lot, jabber, jibber jabber. Ke ā nui, ke ā iki, big jaw, little jaw [bragging and wheedling, as of a man seeking the favor of a woman]. hoʻā To talk a lot, jabber. (PCP aa.)
2. n. An instrument made of smooth bone, formerly used for abortion, lancing, or bleeding. Also āʻōʻō, piercing ā.
3. nvs. Mold found in souring foods, especially poi, generally known as Oidium lactis or Oospora lactis, but now called Geotrichum candidum.
4. conj. and prep. When, at the time when, until, to, as far as, and, or (rare), and then, but (usually preceding verbs, whereas a me usually precedes nouns; ā may also connect words translated by English adjectives, as he po'e kuli ā ʻāʻā, a people deaf and dumb; nani ā pumehana kēia kakahiaka, this morning is beautiful and warm). (Gram. 9.5, 11.1.) Ā also connects verb + noun compounds: see ʻai ā manō, holoāiʻa, Gram. 8.7.2. Ā hiki mai ia, when he arrives. Hola ʻelua ā ʻoi, a little after two o'clock. Noho ʻoia malaila ā make, he lived there until death. Prolonged ā may designate a protracted period of time or distance, a long continued action, or emphasis. Aloha ā nui, much, much aloha. Mahalo ā nui, thanks very, very much. Holo aʻela ia ā hiki i ka ʻāina kahiki, he sailed and sailed and sailed until he reached a foreign country. Hele ā uka, go clear to the uplands. (PCP a.)
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