poi

[poi, poh-ee]

Origin of poi

Borrowed into English from Hawaiian around 1815–25
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poi

1
noun
  1. a Hawaiian dish made of the root of the taro baked, pounded to a paste, and fermented

Word Origin for poi

C19: from Hawaiian

poi

2
noun
  1. NZ a ball of woven flax swung rhythmically in poi dances

Word Origin for poi

Māori
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Word Origin and History for poi
n.

1823, from Hawaiian poi "food made from taro root."

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