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hau tree

[hou] /haʊ/
a clambering tree, Hibiscus tileaceus, of tropical shores, having leathery, ovate leaves and yellow flowers that turn dark red as they fade, and yielding a fiber used as cordage.
Also called mahoe, sea hibiscus.
Origin of hau tree
First recorded in 1910-15, hau tree is from the Hawaiian word hau hau tree Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The doctor laughed at it heartily, as a joke on himself, and glanced at the musicians under the hau tree.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • Over this limb hung a stout rope braided of the fibrous bark of the hau tree.

    In the Track of the Trades Lewis R. Freeman
  • The sign of the shallow sea kapu was the placing of branches of the hau tree all along the shore.

  • She remembered listening as he sang them over and over under the hau tree at Waikiki.

    The House of Pride Jack London

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