- the candlenut tree, Aleurites moluccana, of the spurge family, having grayish leaves and clusters of small white flowers: the state tree of Hawaii.
Origin of kukui
Borrowed into English from Hawaiian around 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for 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.Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands
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.
Kukui (ku-k-i)--a tree (Aleurites moluccana) from the nuts of which were made torches; a torch.