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hau tree

[ hou tree ]

noun

  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of hau tree1

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

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Example Sentences

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

The sign of the shallow sea kapu was the placing of branches of the hau tree all along the shore.

The doctor laughed at it heartily, as a joke on himself, and glanced at the musicians under the hau tree.

Over this limb hung a stout rope braided of the fibrous bark of the hau tree.

The silent witness to these festivities of years ago, the great hau-tree, still stands.

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