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  1. a soft, elastic vegetable fiber of yellow-brown hue obtained from the young fronds of Hawaiian tree ferns, used for mattress and pillow stuffing.
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Origin of pulu

Borrowed into English from Hawaiian around 1825–35
Also called pulu fiber.
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Historical Examples

  • Pulu, a kind of silk obtained from the fibres of a fern-tree of Hawaii.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

  • Then Pulu grew angry and called them cowards, for, as they argued, Rdan fell forward on his face in a swoon.

  • At dusk they ran the boat along the plantation jetty, and Pulu and another man led Rfdan up the path to the manager's house.

  • His hands were free, but a stout rope of cinnet was tied around his naked waist and Pulu held the end.

  • The great funeral ceremony, or rather death-dance, of the Western Islanders took place in the island of Pulu.