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wahine

[ wah-hee-nee, -ney ]
/ wɑˈhi ni, -neɪ /
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noun, plural wa·hi·ne.

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

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Origin of wahine

Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1835–45

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British Dictionary definitions for wahine

wahine
/ (wɑːˈhiːnɪ) /

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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