hala

noun
ha·​la | \ ˈhälə \
plural -s

Definition of hala

: a screw pine (Pandanus odoratissimus synonym P. tectorius) native from southern Asia west to Hawaii having a trunk supported by a clump of slanting aerial roots, branches ending in spiral tufts of long narrow leaves which are used for plaiting mats, baskets, and hats, and fruits resembling pineapples but falling apart on ripening into many wedge-shaped yellow to red sections which are used as food in Micronesia and for leis in Polynesia

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History and Etymology for hala

Hawaiian

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“Hala.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hala. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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