pahu

noun pa·hu \ ˈpä-ˌhü \

Definition of pahu

: a sacred Polynesian drum having a slightly tapered wooden body with a carved openwork base and a sharkskin head stretched by ropes that is played with the hands
  • The Hawaiian pahu (sharkskin drum) is both the oldest instrument on the islands and a symbol of the ancient links to Polynesia.
  • —Simon Broughton and Mark EllinghamWorld Music2000

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Origin and Etymology of pahu

borrowed from Hawaiian, Tahitian, or Marquesan pahu “drum,” going back to Central-Eastern Polynesian *pasu


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