- 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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Examples from the Web for poi
He is working to lift the POI restrictions placed on his client.Bradley Manning's Life Behind Bars
December 17, 2010
For he said "Kai" must be "poi," or food must be swung to the spot.An Old New Zealander
T. Lindsay Buick
For commissary, he had a calabash of poi and a string of red peppers.
We sat down to breakfast,—poi and salt, and not enough of that.
Poi, paakia, poverty and shame Were all endured for the blessed Savior's name.
There must be a large one to hold the "poi," and a smaller one for drinking-water.Our Little Hawaiian Cousin
Mary Hazelton Wade
- a Hawaiian dish made of the root of the taro baked, pounded to a paste, and fermented
C19: from Hawaiian
- NZ a ball of woven flax swung rhythmically in poi dances
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Word Origin and History for poi
1823, from Hawaiian poi "food made from taro root."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper