paepae

noun
pae·​pae | \ ˈpīˌpī \
plural -s

Definition of paepae

1 : a usually large stone platform (as of basalt) rising appreciably above ground level and used as the foundation for many Polynesian houses or other buildings
2 : a usually extensive flagged pavement typically used in Polynesia in areas in front of some edifices (as temples)

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History and Etymology for paepae

Marquesan, Tahitian, Hawaiian, Samoan, & Tongan

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“Paepae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paepae. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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