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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An elaborate Hawaiian feast featuring traditional foods and entertainment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An elaborate Hawaiian feast featuring traditional foods and entertainment named for the kalo (taro) tops traditionally served at such events.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Hawaiian Islands, a dish or dinner of boiled herbs with additions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an elaborate Hawaiian feast or party (especially one accompanied by traditional foods and entertainment)

Etymologies

Hawaiian lū'au, young taro tops, feast (at which taro tops are served).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hawaiian lūʻau. Attested 1856 in the Pacific Commercial Advertiser. (Wiktionary)

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