Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Hawaii and Tahiti, the common yam, Dioscorea sativa. Before the introduction of the potato it was cultivated for the supply of ships.
“_ all day long at each step of the animal -- with variations of _hoi, hoi, hoi, hoi_, when the mule went a little quicker, and significant loud shrieks of _uppeppé, uppeppé, uppeppé_ when the animal began to trot, giving the rider an extra pang.”
“_hoi, hoi, hoi, hoi_! sounding exactly like some one calling for help, and at times so real that I was ready to awaken Mercer and ask him if he thought it was a bird; but just as I had determined to do so, he spoke half drowsily from his pillow.”
“The term hoi philoi is to be distinguished from that of philoi tou theou”
“There is, in fact, no such independent word as hoi in English — there is only the term hoi polloi, which functions not as two words but as one, the sense of which is basically “commoners” or “rabble.””
“No, what happens next is some pedant comes along and points out that "hoi" is Greek for”
“The “hoi” in hoi polloi is, interestingly enough, a definite article that approximates the meaning of “the” in English.”
“I agree, Skyler, except now you've got a problem with the word hoi polloi.”
“Perhaps writers such as Dryden and Byron understood that English and Greek are two different languages, and that, whatever its literal meaning in Greek, hoi does not mean “the” in English.”
“Evidently the natural term hoi philoi did not gain currency in the catholic church, owing to the fact that hoi adelphoi (cp. above, pp. 405 f.) was preferred as being still more inward and warm.”
“And it is evident that the phrase hoi hendeka soon became an equally recognised designation of the Apostolic body, -- "from which Judas by transgression fell.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘hoi’.
The triggerfish humuhumunukunukuapuaa belongs on this list too.
Looking for tweets for hoi.