humuhumunukunukuapuaa

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English[edit]

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa
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Etymology[edit]

From Hawaiian humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌhumuˌhumuˌnukuˌnukuˌaːpuˈaʔa/

Noun[edit]

humuhumunukunukuapuaa (plural humuhumunukunukuapuaas)

  1. Either of two species, Rhinecanthus aculeatus and Rhinecanthus rectangulus, of triggerfishes native to the reefs of Hawaii.
    • 1933, Bill Cogswell, Tommy Harrison and Johnny Noble, “My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii” (song): 
      I want to go back to my little grass shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii / Where the humuhumunukunukuapua'a goes swimming by

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