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or oo, o’o

[oh-oh] /ˈoʊ oʊ/
noun, plural o-os.
any of several species of Hawaiian honey eaters of the genus Moho, especially the extinct M. nobilis, of the island of Hawaii, that had black plumage and two tufts of yellow plumes used to make ceremonial robes for the Hawaiian kings.
Origin of o-o
1885-90; < Hawaiian ʿōʿō Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Does he, you swob, roared the apparition, an oos goin to give it im?

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • It is beautifully situated in the valley of the oos, at the entrance to the Black Forest.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • The town proper is on the right bank of the oos, but the principal resorts of the visitors are en the left.

  • I began to think I had invaded a colony of imbeciles—or owls; their conversation seemed limited to "oos."

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The maudlin clamor of "a pore lone lidy 'oos 'subing 'ad desarted 'er" failed to arouse anyone's curiosity.

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