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hau tree

[ hou-tree ]
/ ˈhaʊ ˌtri /
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noun
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.
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Also called mahoe, sea hi·bis·cus [seehahy-bis kuhs, hi-] /ˈsi haɪˈbɪs kəs, hɪ-/ .

Origin of hau tree

First recorded in 1840–45; from Hawaiian hau “hau tree” + tree
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