See also: POI and P.O.I.

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

 
A bowl of poi.

Borrowed from Hawaiian poi.

NounEdit

poi (uncountable)

  1. (Hawaii) The traditional staple food of Hawaii, made by baking and pounding the kalo (or taro) root, and reducing it to a thin paste, which is allowed to ferment. [from 18th c.]
    • 2012, Julia Flynn Siler, Lost Kingdom, Grove Press, page 104:
      It was a far cry from the traditional Hawaiian feast, which always included the beloved poi, a purplish paste made from pounded taro root [] .
  2. A creamy Samoan dessert of ripe bananas mashed with coconut cream.

Etymology 2Edit

 
Fire poi (juggling).

Borrowed from Maori poi.

NounEdit

poi (plural poi or pois)

  1. (New Zealand) A small ball made of leaves and fibres, attached to a string. [from 19th c.]
    • 2008, Ellen Koskoff, “Haka poi”, in The Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Routledge, →ISBN, page 738:
      Warriors formerly used poi actions to maintain wrist flexibility, but poi have developed as a women's dance. Classic poi dances and songs are reputed to have been those of the people of the Taranaki, Rotorua, and Whanganui tribal areas, but poi are now performed everywhere in Aotearoa.
    • 2013, Catriona Rainsford, The Urban Circus: Travels with Mexico's Malabaristas, Bradt Travel Guides, →ISBN, page 18:
      A couple of days later Trico announced that, if I were to travel with them, it was imperative that I learn some form of malabares, or circus skill. The available options were poi, staff or juggling. ‘Poi’, the form of malabares that Sandra played, are two balls at the end of chains which are spun in patterns around the body. When the balls are replaced by wicks soaked in gasoline and set alight, the poi ‘spin fire’.
  2. (New Zealand) A traditional dance performed by Maori women involving the rhythmic swinging of such a ball. [from 19th c.]

Further readingEdit

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HawaiianEdit

 
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NounEdit

poi

  1. Traditional staple food of Hawaiʻi. A porridge-like substance made from cooked and ground taro corm mixed with water.

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Vulgar Latin *pos, from Classical Latin post.[1]

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

poi

  1. then
  2. later

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

NounEdit

il poi m (invariable)

  1. the future

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ “poi” in: Alberto Nocentini, Alessandro Parenti, “l'Etimologico — Vocabolario della lingua italiana”, Le Monnier, 2010, →ISBN

AnagramsEdit


JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

poi

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ぽい
  2. Rōmaji transcription of ポイ

JingphoEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Burmese ပွဲ (pwai:).

NounEdit

poi

  1. feast, festival

ReferencesEdit

  • Kurabe, Keita (2016-12-31), “Phonology of Burmese loanwords in Jinghpaw”, in Kyoto University Linguistic Research[1], volume 35, DOI:10.14989/219015, ISSN 1349-7804, pages 91–128

Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin paucus.

AdjectiveEdit

poi m or f (invariable)

  1. few; little

AdverbEdit

poi

  1. little; not much

PronounEdit

poi

  1. few; not many (people, objects etc.)

DescendantsEdit

  • French: peu

PolishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɔ.i/
  • Hyphenation: po‧i
  • Rhymes: -ɔi

VerbEdit

poi

  1. third-person singular present of poić

RomanianEdit

AdverbEdit

poi

  1. Alternative form of apoi

SamoanEdit

NounEdit

poi

  1. Samoan poi

SukurumEdit

NounEdit

poi

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • Susanne Holzknecht, The Markham languages of Papua New Guinea (1989), page 71