Main definitions of poi in English

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poi1

Pronunciation /poi/ /pɔɪ/

noun

  • A Hawaiian dish made from the fermented root of the taro which has been baked and pounded to a paste.

    ‘Their diet consisted primarily of poi (pounded taro); pork, coconut, and all but three varieties of banana were denied them.’
    • ‘While its famous thick and juicy hamburgers remain a menu highlight, other items also win praise, like ahi katsu, shrimp tempura, laulau, poi, rice, macaroni salad, lomi salmon and kalua pig.’
    • ‘Japanese manju (sweet black bean pastry), Portuguese sweet bread, Chinese noodles or crispy duck, and spicy Korean kim chee are as easy to find as Hawaiian poi, which is served as the traditional island staple.’
    • ‘Aloha Diner brings Authentic Hawaiian dishes to the table with laulau (pork or chicken wrapped in taro leaves), lomi lomi salmon and poi.’
    • ‘But man, sometimes I would kill for some good poi or dobash.’
    • ‘Small Hawaiian food eateries offer easy-to-try mini-dishes of roasted kalua pig and poi, sweet potatoes, squid lu'au, and steamed fish.’
    • ‘Surprised, Cody looked up from his sticky bowl of poi to find a pair of blue-uniformed legs on either side of him.’
    • ‘Listening to Layla, we unfold the slim Goan papers and tuck into our breakfast of papaya slices, toast, Goan poi and piping hot coffee.’
    • ‘After a morning of recollection and story telling, everyone gathered in the community centre for a feast of luau pig, rice and poi.’
    • ‘At the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, an Outrigger Resort, chefs grow two different taro varieties - dark, sweet mo'i and butter-crunchy lehua - to create the poi at the property's luau.’

Origin

Polynesian.

Main definitions of poi in English

: poi1poi2

poi2

Pronunciation /poi/ /pɔɪ/

nounpoi, pois

  • A small light ball of woven flax, swung rhythmically on the end of a string in Maori action songs and dances.

    • ‘we watch people breathing fire and dancing with poi’

Origin

Maori.