Pearl Harbor


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Etymology 1Edit

From Hawaiian Wai Nomi ‎(pearl water).

Proper nounEdit

Pearl Harbor

  1. Deep water harbor on Oahu, Hawaii
  2. US Navy base at the harbor.

Etymology 2Edit

From the December 7, 1941, surprise attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy on Pearl Harbor.


Pearl Harbor

  1. A sneak attack, often using underhanded measures.
    • 2002, Richard F. Hill, Hitler Attacks Pearl Harbor: Why the United States Declared War on Germany, page 85
      Most Americans wanted no more Pearl Harbors, but they now expected Germany to attempt one.
  2. A seminal dramatic event that unites a community and arouses it into action against an enemy.
    • 2012 July 6, Milton Clary (interviewee), Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai (author), “Drone Hijacking? That’s Just the Start of GPS Troubles” [1], Wired
      “We certainly don’t want a GPS Pearl Harbor, but probably it’s gonna take a GPS Mogadishu to get people’s attention.”


Proper nounEdit

Pearl Harbor f

  1. Pearl Harbor (a harbour and naval base in Hawaii, United States)
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