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puka

noun pu·ka \ˈpükə\

Definition of puka

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a rare New Zealand tree (Meryta sinclairii) of the family Araliaceae with large resinous leaves and dioecious flowers in panicles

  2. 2 :  either of two New Zealand trees of the genus Griselinia that are sometimes epiphytic: a :  a tree (G. lucida) with long thick shining leaves and green or yellow flowers in axillary panicles b :  kapuka

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Origin and Etymology of puka

Maori


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puka

noun pu·ka \"\

Definition of puka

plural

-s

Hawaii

  1. :  hole, tunnel if … I ever get the giant African snails out of their favorite pukas, I shall really enjoy the gardening — Honolulu Star-Bulletin

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Origin and Etymology of puka

Hawaiian


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puka

noun pu·ka \ˈpükə\

Definition of puka

plural

-s

  1. :  a small usually perforated wave- and beach-polished shell fragment formed from the spire of a cone (genus Conus), found along beaches of Pacific Islands, and used especially to make necklaces

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Origin and Etymology of puka

puka shell, from Hawaiian puka hole + English shell


First Known Use: 1975


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