from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A silky material obtained from the fibres of Cibotium glaucum, a tree fern of Hawaii.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A vegetable substance consisting of soft, elastic, yellowish brown chaff, gathered in the Hawaiian Islands from the young fronds of free ferns of the genus Cibotium, chiefly Cibotium Menziesii; -- used for stuffing mattresses, cushions, etc., and as an absorbent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine silky yellowish fiber obtained in the Hawaiian Islands from tree-ferns of the genus Cibotium, the bases of whose leafstalks it densely covers.
A man well dressed in pulu, wearing ornaments enough to indicate wealth, as far as in this country a man can have wealth, rode up in a very friendly manner, informing us that the stream was the
The men are dressed in pulu, or colored drilling, have their hair mainly done in a great queue which they adorn with bright rings and twist about their heads.
The Tibetans gathered about him and one of them, well-dressed in pulu, having in his hand a prayer-wheel, profusely invited him to enter the tent to drink tea, the others seconding the invitation.
From a variety of this tree-fern the natives take a substance called pulu, a fine, soft, brown fuzz, used for stuffing pillows and mattresses.
The word "polo" is derived from Tibetan pulu, meaning a knot of willow wood.
Following the arrival of the British explorer James Cook in 1778-79, Christian influences started in or around 1823, with churches and schools built and the introduction of cattle, goat, and pulu (tree-fern product) harvesting.
When the man found that we were going to stay all night he bestirred himself, dragged some of the things to one side and put down a shake-down of pulu (the silky covering of the fronds of one species of tree-fern), with a sheet over it, and a gay quilt of orange and red cotton.
Without being a Sybarite, I certainly do prefer a comfortable pulu bed to one of ridgy lava, and the fire which blazes on this broad hearth to the camp-fire on the frozen top of the volcano.
They spread very fine mats on the deck, under pulu beds, covered with gorgeous quilts, on which the Princess and her suite slept, and in the morning the beds were removed, breakfast was spread on the mats, and she, some of her attendants, and two or three white men who received invitations, sat on the deck round it.
I was delighted to see a four-post bed, with mosquito bars, and a clean pulu mattrass, with a linen sheet over it, covered with a beautiful quilt with a quaint arabesque pattern on a white ground running round it, and a wreath of green leaves in the centre.
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