[poi, poh-ee] /pɔɪ, ˈpoʊ i/
a Hawaiian dish made of the root of the taro baked, pounded, moistened, and fermented.
a Hawaiian dish made of the root of the taro baked, pounded to a paste, and fermented
(NZ) a ball of woven flax swung rhythmically in poi dances
1823, from Hawaiian poi “food made from taro root.”
- Poi dance
noun 1. (NZ) a women’s formation dance that involves singing and manipulating a poi
1. a combining form meaning “making, formation,” used in the formation of compound words: hematopoiesis. combining form 1. indicating the act of making or producing something specified: haematopoiesis -poiesis suff. Production; creation; formation: hemopoiesis.
[poin-yuh nt, poi-nuh nt] /ˈpɔɪn yənt, ˈpɔɪ nənt/ adjective 1. keenly distressing to the feelings: poignant regret. 2. keen or strong in mental appeal: a subject of poignant interest. 3. affecting or moving the emotions: a poignant scene. 4. pungent to the smell: poignant cooking odors. /ˈpɔɪnjənt; -nənt/ adjective 1. sharply distressing or painful to […]
[poin-yuh n-see, poin-uh n-] /ˈpɔɪn yən si, ˈpɔɪn ən-/ noun, plural poignancies for 2. 1. the state or condition of being . 2. a moment, event, situation, or the like. n. 1680s, “sharpness, keenness,” from poignant + -cy.