\ 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

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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 These props with wicks include fire poi, hula hoops, staffs, fans, and swords. Jeremy Hallock, star-telegram, "FemPyre lights up Fort Worth with their art of fire performing," 28 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 The perfect taro is heavy and dense and mashes into smooth poi. Audrey Mcavoy, The Seattle Times, "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 While DJ Musa kept the musical backdrop, burlesque queen Roxie Le Rouge roamed the grounds and a performer entertained with fire poi. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "New Orleans Film Society frolics at Midnight in the Garden Gala," 19 Apr. 2018 Question: What do poi, Teotihuacan, uranium and Spokane have in common? Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Showdown Looms At CCSU For Young Geography Prodigies," 5 Apr. 2018

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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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