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hula-hula

[hoo-luh-hoo-luh]
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noun
  1. hula.

hula

[hoo-luh]
noun
  1. a sinuous Hawaiian native dance with intricate arm movements that tell a story in pantomime, usually danced to rhythmic drumming and accompanied by chanting.

Origin of hula

Borrowed into English from Hawaiian around 1815–25
Also called hu·la-hu·la.
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Examples from the Web for hula-hula

Historical Examples

  • Felix again endeavoured to fathom the mysteries of the hula-hula.

    Summer Cruising in the South Seas

    Charles Warren Stoddard

  • Tehei danced the Tahitian hula-hula and Henry did the Samoan seva-seva.

  • Felix again endeavored to fathom the mysteries of the hula-hula.

    South-Sea Idyls</p>

    Charles Warren Stoddard

  • Satiated, at last, in the very bitterness of their unnatural gayety, they called for the hula-hula as a fitting close.

    South-Sea Idyls</p>

    Charles Warren Stoddard


British Dictionary definitions for hula-hula

hula

hula-hula

noun
  1. a Hawaiian dance performed by a woman

Word Origin

from Hawaiian
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Word Origin and History for hula-hula

hula

n.

"traditional dance of Hawaii," 1825, from Hawaiian. As a verb from 1952. Hula hoop first recorded in fall of 1958, when it was a craze; so called from resemblance of motions of one using it to the dancers' hip circles.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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