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  1. a rare Hawaiian honeycreeper, Psittirostra psittacea, having an olive-green body, a parrotlike bill, and in the male a bright yellow head.
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Origin of ou

First recorded in 1885–90, ou is from the Hawaiian word ʿōʿū
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  • "Ou'doors" was the only home he knew, and with all its rigors he loved it.

    The Village Watch-Tower

    (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • And the negative may be a negation of fact or of thought (ou and me).



  • Onoma, a name, affirms the real existence of that which is sought after—on ou masma estin.

  • Ou, that was the gravestanes they put up i' their kirkyards.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie

  • I heard the lid of the kettle dancing, and then came a prolonged "ou."

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie

British Dictionary definitions for ou


  1. Southern African slang a man, bloke, or chap
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Word Origin



abbreviation for
  1. the Open University
  2. Oxford University
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ou in Medicine


  1. oculus uterque (either eye, each eye)
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