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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A large war canoe of 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.

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.

  • 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.

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.

  • Et Libella aliqua fi ex. pahi claudicachiiuthi |::

    T. Lucretii Cari De rerum natura libri sex

  • "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.

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.

  • "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.

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.


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  • "...a very large two-masted double-hulled canoe with a broad platform or deck overlapping the hulls with a thatched house upon it... The vessel was very like what Captain Cook called a pahi."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 295

    February 23, 2008