puka

noun (1)
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

puka

noun (2)
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of puka (Entry 2 of 3)

Hawaii
: hole, tunnel if … I ever get the giant African snails out of their favorite pukas, I shall really enjoy the gardeningHonolulu Star-Bulletin

puka

noun (3)
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

Noun (1)

Maori

Noun (2)

Hawaiian

Noun (3)

puka shell, from Hawaiian puka hole + English shell

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“Puka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puka. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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