Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sickle-billed sunbird, Drepanis pacifica, one of the honey-suckers of Hawaii: exterminated for the sake of its yellow feathers, which were used in making feather cloaks worn by the chiefs. It was black with golden-yellow rump and lower back. See cut under Drepanis.
- n. A cloak made wholly or partly from the feathers of this bird.
- n. Either of two extinct species of Hawaiian honeycreepers of the genus Drepanis.
- n. black honeycreepers with yellow feathers around the tail; now extinct
- From Hawaiian mamo. (Wiktionary)
“Cancer researchers are hopeful about new breast cancer tests, just approved, called the mamo-print.”
“About a year ago I knew a woman Lakeside who felt a lump in her breast; she got a mamo and then a sonogram and all medical persons agreed a biopsy was in order.”
“I saw one of the mamo cloaks that was superior to that finest one in the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, and that they value atbetween half a million and a million dollars.”
“There were tapes and mats of the rarest and oldest; capes and leis and helmets and cloaks, priceless all, except the too-ancient ones, of the feathers of the mamo, and of the iwi and the akakano and the o-o.”
“Tuviste problemas con tu hermano cuando te reuniste con el durante el velorio de tu mamo?”
“It is of these feathers that the mamo or war-cloak of Kamehameha I., now used on state occasions by the Hawaiian kings, is composed.”
“Drepanis pacifica, the Hawaii mamo, was last seen in 1899.”
“Yellow was the most valued color, a stroke of bad luck for species like Drepanis pacifica, the Hawaii mamo, with its bright yellow rump highlighted against a starling-black body.”
“ETHERIDGE: ... they will say -- yes, they will say, isn't it funny that, you know, mom and mamo, or whoever they call us by then, that they had trouble back then?”
“The _mamo_ (_Drepanis pacifica_) yields feathers of a richer color, but so distributed that they can not be plucked from the living bird.”
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