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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Concordance


1. v. To expand, as an opening flower. see opuu.
2. To grow, as a fetus. Hal. 139:16.
3. To swell up; to be full, as the belly of a fat person; opu mai ka opu.
4. To rise up, as water; opu ka wai.
5. To sit with the knees gathered up.
6. To live idly; lazily; ke opu wale ae nei no, ka noho wale; noho wale iho no, loaa ole.
7. The name of a heap upon which a god stands; a bunch or bundle of small wood, grass, weeds, &c.; a hill or bunch of kalo growing together. see opuu.
8. To leap off or over, as a horse; e opu aku mao.
9. adj. Skillful at diving into the water, so as not to spatter; opu ia wahi kanaka; opu i na kea ka pan ai ole, fisherman's phrase.
10. The disposition of a person; state of mind. see the compounds opuao, opuino, opukopekope, &c. Opu is here syn. with naau. NOTE.—The Hawaiians suppose the seat of thought, intelligence, &c., and also the seat of moral powers, as the choice and practice of good and evil, to be seated in the small intestines; hence, naau or opu (the small intestines) is used for what we should call the heart, i. e., the seat of the moral powers. see naauao, naaupo, naauino, compared with opuao, opuino, &c. see naau.
11. s. A protuberance with an enclosure, as the belly, stomach, bladder, &c.; as, opu o ke kai, the heart, belly (midst) of the sea; the crop of a bird. Oihk. 1:16. The maw of animals. Kanl. 18:3. The womb. Lunk. 16:17. A round, liver-like substance in the hog and other animals.
12. n.
  • belly, stomach, abdomen,
  • tripe, giblet; gizzard, bladder
  • bag, as of a net;
  • crop of a bird (Oihk. 1.16),
  • maw of an animal,
  • womb;
  • disposition.

13. n. body, as of an ʻukulele, guitar, etc. Niʻihau.
14. n. ventricle, of the mammalian heart.


362E noho ma lalo o ka lāʻau maka, iho mai ka huihui, māʻona ka ʻōpū.Sit under a green tree. When the cluster comes down, the stomach is filled.
 [Serve a worthy person. When your reward comes you will never be hungry.]
369E ʻōpū aliʻi.Have the heart of a chief.
 [Have the kindness, generosity, and even temper of a chief.]
865He ʻoʻopu-hue, ka iʻa ʻōpū kēkē.An ʻoʻopu-hue, the fish with a distended belly.
 [A term of derision for a pot-bellied person.]
869He ʻōpū hālau.A house-like stomach.
 [A heart as big as a house. Said of a person who is kind, gracious, and hospitable.]
870He ʻōpū lepo ko ka mahiʻai.A farmer has a dirty stomach.
 [A farmer is not always able to keep his hands and fingemails perfectly clean, even if he washes them. Because he eats with his fingers he is said to have a dirty stomach.]
1246I ola nō ke kino i ka māʻona o ka ʻōpū.The body enjoys health when the stomach is well filled.
2443ʻO Kaulua ka malama, ʻolo ka ʻōpū mālolo a ka lawaiʻa.Kaulua is the month when the bag nets of the fishermen sag with flying fish.
2538ʻŌpū palula.Stomach full of sweet-potato greens.
 [Said of an ignorant person who can only grow sweet potatoes.]
2789Ua hoʻi ka ʻōpū o ka honua.Returned to the womb of the earth.
2915Wai ʻōpū nui.Big stomach water.
 [A humorous term applied to the water of a brackish pool. A stranger, unaccustomed to brackish water, often drank too much of it in attempting to quench his thirst.]

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