pu·​ka | \ ˈpükə \
plural -s

Definition of puka

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a rare New Zealand tree (Meryta sinclairii) of the family Araliaceae with large resinous leaves and dioecious flowers in panicles
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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Definition of puka (Entry 2 of 3)

: hole, tunnel if … I ever get the giant African snails out of their favorite pukas, I shall really enjoy the gardeningHonolulu Star-Bulletin
pu·​ka | \ ˈpükə \
plural -s

Definition of puka (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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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First Known Use of puka

Noun (3)

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for puka

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Noun (3)

puka shell, from Hawaiian puka hole + English shell

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“Puka.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puka. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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