\ ō-ˈhē-ə How to pronounce ohia (audio) \

Definition of ohia

: lehua

Examples of ohia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The results can be disastrous for native species steeped in the islands’ culture, like the ohia, a tree that grows easily on new lava flows, featuring flowers which are often scarlet red. New York Times, 5 July 2021 Officials have confirmed another discovery of a fungal disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of native ohia trees in the state. USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2020 After conducting an aerial survey of the island forest, officials have discovered an ohia tree-killing fungal disease local to the state is spreading on Oahu. USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2019 The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports state Division of Forestry and Wildlife officials tagged 41 more trees that could be ailing from rapid ohia death after first discovering an infected tree July 31. USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2019 Officials say this form is known to take months to years to kill ohia trees. USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2019 Wildlife officials say the type of rapid ohia death found is the less aggressive of two types associated with the disease. USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2019 One day last spring, Lisa Crampton stood at the base of a tall ohia tree, deep in the forested interior of Kauai. Jennifer Kahn, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2018 After 15 minutes of hiking, a stand of older-growth ohia trees appears on our right: kipuka! Elyse Butler, Smithsonian, 29 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of ohia

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ohia

Hawaiian 'ōhi'a

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18 Jul 2021

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“Ohia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ohia. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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