poi

[ poi, poh-ee ]
/ pɔɪ, ˈpoʊ i /
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noun

a Hawaiian dish made of the root of the taro baked, pounded, moistened, and fermented.

Origin of poi

Borrowed into English from Hawaiian around 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for poi (1 of 2)

poi

1
/ (pɔɪ, ˈpəʊɪ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for poi

C19: from Hawaiian

British Dictionary definitions for poi (2 of 2)

poi

2
/ (pɔɪ) /

noun

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

poi


n.

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

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