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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Irish púca (goblin, sprite).


pooka (plural pookas)

  1. A fairy that appears in animal form, often large. It appears only to some people.
    The pooka had befriended the kindly old man.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Hawaiian puka (hole).


pooka (plural pookas)

  1. A convenient storage location or hiding spot created by the arrangement or form of surrounding objects

Usage notes[edit]

Incorporated from Hawaiian into English by sailors in the US Navy as a name for a place (especially aboard a ship) to store or hide objects, or the action of storing an object in such a place.

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