Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name in Polynesia of several nettle-like plants which yield fiber used in making fishinglines and nets: as, fau-songā, Pipturus argentens (Samoa).
- n. A Polynesian name for Pariti tiliaceum, a tree belonging to the mallow family, with tough bark yielding cordage and very light wood used by the natives for making outriggers of canoes and for kindling fire by friction. Also hau. See balibago, corkwood, and mahoe, 1.
“I was at the school wi 'him, and never saw onything to fin' fau't wi '.”
“Haith! it's no for me to fin 'fau't, though," he added, "sittin 'readin' buiks like a gowk”
“Not to mention that what he said wasn't even right and now he wants to make money from his massive fau paux???”
“Tommy the Englishman lived in Germany for over three months and managed to have fewer cultural fau paxs than you have had in what, four days?”
“Since the "f" sign was an Etruscan innovation, it could have been identical in name to Latin ef, or another possibility is *fau a rhyme with the digamma *vau, cf. waw.”
“Christian Madsen, of La Canada, Calif., covered both faucet and towel territory but took two coinages to do it: “How about the movements derived from ancient Asian fighting techniques, fau-cetsu and drykwondo?””
“Chemical weapons found in Iraq... and it's our fau...”
“There is a fort of some size close to this town, built of mud; the ditch is unfinished, and not deep, it has a fau-se-braie, with bastions like those at Peshawur and Jumrood.”
“E tupu te fau, et toro te farero, e mou te taata!”
“The warriors went stealthily over the mountains and at night lowered themselves from the cliffs with ropes made of the _fau_.”
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