ohelo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Hawaiian ʻōhelo.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ohelo (plural ohelos)

  1. A small red or yellow berry growing on the shrub Vaccinium reticulatum of volcanic parts of the Hawaiian islands of Hawaii and Maui, or the shrub itself.
    • 1980, Janet Kear; A. J. Berger, “The Hawaiian Goose or Nene”, in The Hawaiian Goose: An Experiment in Conservation, Calton, Staffordshire: T. & A. D. Poyser, ISBN 978-0-85661-025-7; reprinted London: T. & A. D. Poyser, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4081-3758-1, page 42:
      Ohelo Vaccinium reticulatum (and V. peleanum) and kukaenene Coprosma ernodeoides [] are the most important berries in the Nenes' diet, and it is probably from such juicy fruit that much of their water intake comes.
    • 2004, Richard [Alan] Fortey, The Earth: An Intimate History, London: HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0-00-257011-4; republished London: Folio Society, 2011, OCLC 800741290, page 37:
      Growing on nearly bare lava flows, the flora includes small relatives of the familiar cranberry: the ohelo carries a bright red, succulent berry that was once a staple item in the diet of the nene, the Hawaiian goose.