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  • noun Either of two species, Rhinecanthus aculeatus and Rhinecanthus rectangulus, of triggerfishes native to the reefs of Hawaii.


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From Hawaiian humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa.



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  • The correct spelling this time.

    December 6, 2006

  • i love this word so much more.

    December 6, 2006

  • Hawaiian: pig-snouted triggerfish. I love it--the definition is as much fun as the original word.

    July 16, 2007

  • I love it because it's in the lyrics of a song my dad used to sing while playing his ukulele: "My Little Grass Shack." :-D

    July 16, 2007

  • Thanks for reminding me of that song. You also reminded me of the apocope uke.

    July 16, 2007

  • I like the name "Picasso Triggerfish"

    October 11, 2008

  • Replaced with 'ama'ama in some versions of the song "Little Grass Shack", including the one I learned when I lived on the island of Lanai in the 1970's.

    January 2, 2011