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maile

[mahy-ley, -lee, mah-ee-ley] /ˈmaɪ leɪ, -li, ˈmɑ iˌleɪ/
noun
1.
a vine, Alyxia olivaeformis, of Hawaii, having small yellowish flowers and fragrant foliage: a traditional lei plant of Hawaii.
Origin of maile
1905-1910
Borrowed into English from Hawaiian around 1905-10
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