poi

noun
\ ˈpȯi How to pronounce poi (audio) \
plural poi or pois

Definition of poi

: a Hawaiian food prepared from the cooked corms of taro that are mashed with water to the consistency of a paste or thick liquid and often allowed to ferment

Examples of poi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Italian literary critic Pietro Citati, author of superb studies of Goethe, Kafka, and Proust, published a novel in 1989 called Storia prima felice, poi dolentissima e funesta (Happy at First, But Very Sad and Tragic at the End). John Banville, The New York Review of Books, "No One Gets Out Alive," 24 Mar. 2020 What to Do Stroll along postcard-perfect Waikiki Beach to admire the hula dancers and poi spinners, or take a dip in the warm water, which hovers around 77 degrees in the winter and 82 degrees in the summer. Sunset Magazine, "Seek out These Hidden Gems for a Secluded Hawaii Getaway," 21 Mar. 2020 Taro farmers across the islands have sent poi to feed the protesters, in solidarity. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "On Hawaii, the Fight for Taro’s Revival," 8 Nov. 2019 Pre-show activities include grinding taro root (the chief ingredient in poi), making bracelets from fresh flowers, and getting temporary tattoos. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disney’s Hawiian resort Aulani offers a melting pot of dining options," 8 June 2018 The perfect taro is heavy and dense and mashes into smooth poi. Washington Post, "Shortage of key Hawaii crop expected after rains swamp farms," 28 May 2018 Dinner is a pig roast, roasted pineapple, Hawaiian poi and tuna poke. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sprecher Brewing and Traveling Beer Garden host Feasts on the Beach to give park a boost," 10 May 2018 The Aloha Nights, which run during the exhibition, celebrate Hawaii’s cultural traditions and include live music, performances of hula and chant, and artisan demonstrations of lei and poi making. Kari Bodnarchuk, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 24 Apr. 2018 Also flown in is the poi, or taro root paste, and the fresh hearts of palm, which are served pickled, roasted, fresh and fermented. Joshua David Stein, sacbee, "At SF site, Hawaiian fare is served (but pineapple is not)," 5 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of poi

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poi

Hawaiian & Samoan

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“Poi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poi. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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