Definitions

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  • n. shrubby tree widely distributed along tropical shores; yields a light tough wood used for canoe outriggers and a fiber used for cordage and caulk; often cultivated for ornament

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Examples

  • Max burst into a fit of laughter, when following the direction of his eye, we looked up, and espied an enormous parrot perched upon a purau branch, directly over our heads, from which he eyed us with a disdainful and truculent air.

    The Island Home

  • "And it is written, Haabunai, that searchers for the _mei_ came upon her next day in the upper valley, and she was hanging from a tall palm-tree with a rope of _purau_ about her neck."

    White Shadows in the South Seas

  • Iskalota_, that he had first bought land with his forty pieces of silver and then hanged himself to a _purau_ tree.

    White Shadows in the South Seas

  • Upon this framework were set the walls, constructed of canes arranged in a delicate pattern, the fastenings being of _purau_ or other rattan-like creepers, all tied neatly and regularly.

    White Shadows in the South Seas

  • In this dismal, noisome spot was a wretched hut built of _purau_ saplings, as crude a dwelling as the shelter a trapper builds for a few days 'habitation.

    White Shadows in the South Seas

  • On the bushes huge nets were drying, and canoes were drawn up into the purau and pandanus clumps.

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.

  • Only when our torches lit the darkness did we perceive the actual forms of the cocoanuts, mango - and purau-trees which bordered the banks and climbed the hills into the distance.

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.

  • The bandsmen, all natives but one, wore garlands of purau, the scarlet hibiscus, and there was an atmosphere of abandonment to pleasure about them and the party.

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.

  • In every shade of green, as run by the overhead sun upon the altering facets of precipice and shelf, of fei and cocoa, candlenut and purau, giant ferns and convolvulus, tier upon tier, was a riot of richest vegetation.

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.

  • Cook has a pillar, with a plate of commemoration, in a grove of purau-trees, cocoanuts, pandanus, and the red oleander;

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.

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