from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A canoe or ship.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Naut.) A large war canoe of the Society Islands.
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- noun A large
war canoeof the Society Islands.
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There were four or five Tahitians I knew here who remembered the amuraa maa of the sick man, who had his own schooner, his pahi tira piti; but only Ori retained the deep, though misty, impression made by a meeting of hearts in warmest kinship.
Both the 'ar'ia and the pahi were propelled by a huge' i'e, or mat sail of pandanus-leaves shaped like a leg of a fat hog.
Et Libella aliqua fi ex. pahi claudicachiiuthi |::
"The pahi was eighty feet long, broad in the middle, very carefully and neatly planked over inside, forming a rude bulkhead or inner casing, and had a lofty carved stem rising into one or two posts, terminating in a human form.
"Maru," said the chief, when we sat on the mats at late supper after a return from the lagoon, "it is a pity you were not here when the Tahitians had their 'ar'ia and pahi, our large canoes for navigating on the moana faa aro, the landless sea.