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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Concordance


1. v. To collect together; to lay by, particularly in heaps.
2. To boll; to form a round seed, as flax; to swell and break, as a boil. Hoik. 16:2.
3. Hoo. To heap or pile up, as stones.
4. s. Any round protuberance belonging to a larger substance.
5. A small round hill; a peak; a pimple; a wart; the knuckles; the ankle joints; the Adam's apple of the throat; hence, the throat; a knop; an ornament of a candle-stick. Puk. 25:3.
6. A heap; he puu opala, a heap of rubbish; na puu huapalaoa, shocks of grain. Lunk. 15:5.
7. n.
  • any kind of a protuberance from a pimple (puʻu₂) to a hill: hill, peak, cone, hump, mound, bulge, heap, pile, clot, bunch, knob; heaped, piled, lumped, bulging;
  • portion, bulk, mass, quantity,
  • pregnant;
  • to pucker.
  • fig., obstacle, burden, problem, discomfort, trouble, sorrow.
cf. alelo puʻu, paralysis of the tongue, ʻōkolepuʻu, bustle-style dress, puʻu kālā, sum of money.

8. n. cone, a geological feature.
9. The material heart. 2 Sam. 18:14.
10. n. any of various round parts or protuberances of the body, as pimple, wart, mole, callus, lump, Adam's apple, throat (see ex., burn), larynx, tonsils, heart, stomach, fist, knuckle, ankle joint; gizzard, as of chicken; hard stomach, as of some fish.
11. n. throat.
12. n. a desire, need, as for evacuation (used with , kiʻo, mimi, pūhiʻu).
13. n. any earth bug, beetle, especially as found in dry earth; rose beetle, Olinda beetle, stinkbug, ground beetle.
14. A hand, i. e., the cards held at a game.
15. n. hand of cards, stack of cards, deck or pack of cards.
16. n. stack, shock, as of grain.
17. nvi. head, as of cabbage or lettuce; to form a head, sprout.
18. n. dress material such as dotted swiss that has raised dots.
19. n. fancy knot or mesh, as in kōkō, net.
20. To cast or draw lots (a Hawaiian custom formerly in practice) by using a knotted string.
21. To cast lots; to divide a country by lot. Ios. 7:26.
22. A tower; a citadel; a substance; a portion; a lot in casting lots. Nah. 34:18.
23. vt. to cast or draw lots, as with a knotted string, or by heaping up pebbles under a tapa, and guessing the number in each heap, or calling one heap positive and the other negative, with the answer to the question provided by the heap with the greatest number of pebbles.
24. n. hinge of pearl oyster.
25. n. a method of catching plover: a sharpened bone was half buried and anchored on a string tied to a rock. The bone would become lodged in the throat (puʻu) of a plover attempting to eat it, which was then held by the string.
26. n. sixth stage in the growth of taro. see kalo for names of generations.
27. n. a kind of fish.
28. n. ʻoʻopu young about 5 or 10 cm long.
29. To gather or dip up water in the hands.
30. E puu paha auanei ka lae i ka ua o ka Kawaupuu.
31. A quantity; part; property; destiny; appointment; fortune. Rut. 2:5.
32. n. a hard, white variety of sweet potato.
33. placename. 'hill, mountain, cone, peak, elevation'. Some names are written either with or without puʻu (as Puʻukukui and Kukui). In a few names puʻu is shortened to Pū- (as Pūʻalaea, Pūkoʻo, Pūowaina).
34. placename. ancient surfing area, Keolonāhihi, Kailua qd., Hawaiʻi. Finney-Houston 26. lit.: peak.
35. Habit; custom; eia ko kakou wahi puu iki, o ka hoohaunaele i ka manawa kula.
36. Any act or thing causing ridicule, contempt, or perhaps anger, as an offense against good manners or morals; he ino, he mea e loiloi ai, a e hoowahawaha ai paha; he kina, no ka hilahila kona holo ana (o Poki), no ka mea, aole he puu nui ma ka puka o kona hale, out of shame, he (Poki) sailed away, because there was no — at the door of his house.
37. adj. Dying with one for attachment's sake; as when a chief dies some of his people, for love's sake, wish to die also; ke olelo aku nei au ia oukou, o ka moe puu oia nei; a i moe ka moe puu ilaila; a hiki ae ilaila ka moe puu.
38. A sign of the plural number. Gram. § 86 and 92. It mostly has reference to a collection. Synonymous in some cases with poe or pae. He puu puaa; he puu kanaka; this last form is not often found.


4A aloha wale ʻia kā hoʻi o Kaunuohua, he puʻu wale nō.Even Kaunuohua, a hill, is loved.
 [If a hill can be loved, how much more so a human?]
21Ahuwale nā pae puʻu o Hāʻupukele.The row of Hāʻupukele’s hills are in full view.
 [Said of anything that is exposed or very obvious.]
54Aia ka puʻu nui i ke alo.A big hill stands right before him.
 [He has a problem.]
75ʻAi a puʻu ka nuku.Eat till the lips protrude.
 [Eat until one can take no more.]
208ʻAʻohe puʻu, ʻaʻohe keʻe.No humps, no bends.
 [Said of a person who is physically perfect.]
209ʻAʻohe puʻu kiʻekiʻe ke hoʻāʻo ʻia e piʻi.No cliff is so tall that it cannot be scaled.
 [No problem is too great when one tries hard to solve it.]
377E puʻu auaneʻi ka lae i ka ua o Kawaupuʻu, i ka hoʻopaʻa a ka hōʻakamai.The forehead is likely to be lumped by the rain of Kawaupuu if one insists on being a smarty.
 [A warning not to get cocky or smart lest one be hurt. A play on puʻu (lump).]
939He puʻu pale ia lae na ka hoʻokele.The cape is just something to be passed by the canoeman.
 [A boast — difficulties are mere trifles to an expert.]
1187I kani koʻaka i ka leʻaleʻa; i puʻu ko nuku i ka huhū; i leʻa ka nohona i ka māʻona.One laughs when joyous; sulks when angry; [is] at peace with all when the stomach is satisfed with food.
1305Kahe ka hou, ʻoni ka puʻu.Perspiration flows, the Adam’s apple moves.
 [Said in fun of a person who intensely desires the unobtainable, such as a young man longing for a maiden who will not reciprocate.]
1541Ka poi ʻuoʻuo o kāohi puʻu.The tenacious poi that presses down in the throat.
 [A humorous reference to poi.]
1845Kona, mai ka puʻu o Kapūkakī a ka puʻu o Kawaihoa.Kona, from Kapūkakī to Kawaihoa.
 [The extent of the Kona district on Oʻahu is from Kapūkakī (now Red Hill) to Kawaihoa (now Koko Head).]
2292puʻu haelelua, o Pili me Kalāhikiola.The hills that go together — Pili and Kalāhikiola.
 [These two hills that stand together are often mentioned in chants and legends of Kohala.]
2346Nui ka ʻai ma ke kuahiwi, puʻu nō ka ʻai, ʻiʻo no ka iʻa.There is much food in the mountain; puʻu is food and ʻiʻo is meat.
 [This was said by the Reverend David Lyman, a missionary, in 1857 when his pupils went with him to the mountain and complained of having no food for the journey — there was an abundance of hāpuʻu and hōʻiʻo ferns in the mountains.]
2548ʻO Wananalua ia ʻāina; ʻo Punahoa ka wai; ʻo Kaʻuiki ka puʻu.Wananalua is the land; Punahoa is the pool; Kaʻuiki is the hill.
 [Noted places in Hāna.]
2764Puʻu auaneʻi ka lae i ka ua o Kawaupuʻu.The forehead may he given a lump hy the rain of Kawaupuu.
 [One is likely to get into trouble.]
2853Ua puʻu.Lumped.
 [An impolite epithet for one who is pregnant.]
2897Waha lama ʻoe, puʻu mai ka waha i waho.You are rum-mouthed; the mouth protrudes.
 [Said to one who talks as foolishly as a drunkard.]

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