[poi, poh-ee] /pɔɪ, ˈpoʊ i/

a Hawaiian dish made of the root of the taro baked, pounded, moistened, and fermented.
/pɔɪ; ˈpəʊɪ/
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.”


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