humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa

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Hawaiian[edit]

humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa

Etymology[edit]

humuhumu (triggerfish) + nuku (snout) + nuku (blunt) + ā (conjunction between two adjectives) + puaʻa (pig) = triggerfish with a snout that is blunt and pig-like

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˌhu.muˌhu.muˌnu.kuˌnu.kuˌaː.puˈa.ʔa]

Noun[edit]

humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa

  1. reef triggerfish, humuhumunukunukuapuaa
    • 1998, He Moʻolelo No Kamapuaʻa, G.W. Kahiolo, page 15:
      Ko ia nei heleāiʻa akula nō ia ma ke kino humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa a hiki kēia i Molokaʻi.
      He swam away very quickly in his fish form as a reef triggerfish until he finally reached Molokai.

References[edit]

  • 1865, Lorrin Andrews, A Dictionary of the Hawaiian language, page 225
  • 1986, Mary Kawena Pukui - Samuel H. Elbert, Hawaiian Dictionary , ISBN 0-8248-0703-0, page 91