Definitions

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

  • An active volcano, about 4,208 m (13,796 ft) high, of north-central Hawaii Island. It is the highest peak in the islands.

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  • proper n. A dormant volcano on Hawaii, the tallest mountain in the world from its base on the sea floor.

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

  • n. an active volcano on north central Hawaii Island; highest peak in the Hawaiian Islands

Etymologies

Hawaiian mauna ("mountain") + kea ("white") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In one story I just read, there was this snow spirit, Poli’ahu, who lived on Mauna Kea and got in a fight with her sister, the volcano spirit, Pele…

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  • He ran new blowups of films taken by the Mauna Kea telescopes as far back as the late l970s.

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  • Mauna Kea rose nearly 14,000 feet above the sea -- and plunged 20,000 feet downward to the sea bottom, making it a bigger mountain than Everest.

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  • When the alien ship came into the solar system almost fifteen years ago, a few telescopes including Mauna Kea happened to be pointed that way ..

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