wahine

[wah-hee-nee, -ney]
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noun, plural wa·hi·ne.

(in Hawaii and Polynesia) a girl or young woman.
Slang. a young woman surfer.

Also vahine.

Origin of wahine

Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1835–45
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wahine

noun

(esp in the Pacific islands) a Polynesian or Māori woman, esp a girlfriend or wife

Word Origin for wahine

C19: from Māori and Hawaiian
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