lomilomi

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Hawaiian lomilomi, reduplication of lomi (to rub with the hand).

Noun[edit]

lomilomi (uncountable)

  1. (Hawaii) A traditional form of Hawaiian massage.

Verb[edit]

lomilomi (third-person singular simple present lomilomis, present participle lomilomiing, simple past and past participle lomilomied)

  1. (Hawaii, rare) To massage.
    • 2012, Julia Flynn Siler, Lost Kingdom, Grove Press, p. 99:
      During a church service at Kawaiaha‘o, she once walked to the rear of the church, lay on her back, and called a native Hawaiian boy of about eight years old over to her, commanding him to lomilomi her abdomen with his feet.