American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Either of two triggerfishes, Rhinecanthus aculeatus or R. rectangulus, native to the outer reefs of Hawaii, the latter having a broad black band on the side and a black triangle at the beginning of the tail.
- Hawaiian humuhumu-nukunuku-ā-pua'a, trigger fish with a blunt snout like a pig's : humuhumu, small trigger fish (from reduplication of Proto-Polynesian *sumu, trigger fish) + nukunuku, small snout : reduplication of nuku, snout + ā, like + pua'a, pig. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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