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  1. the candlenut tree, Aleurites moluccana, of the spurge family, having grayish leaves and clusters of small white flowers: the state tree of Hawaii.
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Origin of kukui

Borrowed into English from Hawaiian around 1815–25
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Historical Examples of kukui

  • For lights they used the oily nuts of the kukui or candle-nut tree.

    The Hawaiian Islands

    The Department of Foreign Affairs

  • Only two thousand pounds of Kukui nuts were exported in 1872.

  • It stands in about an acre of ground, ornamented with flowers, shrubs, and an avenue of kukui and koa-trees.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World

    The Son of Samuel Smiles

  • The Hawaiians sometimes made use of the clear gum of the kukui tree to aid in fixing the drumhead in place.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii

    Nathaniel Bright Emerson

  • Kukui (ku-k-i)--a tree (Aleurites moluccana) from the nuts of which were made torches; a torch.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii

    Nathaniel Bright Emerson