- a small white shell found on Pacific, especially Hawaiian, beaches and strung in clusters to make necklaces.
Origin of puka
- NZ another name for broadleaf (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for puka
type of necklace made from small shell fragments (or plastic imitations), by 1974, from Hawaiian puka, said to mean literally "hole," in references to small shell fragments with naturally occurring holes through them, suitable for stringing, found on beaches.