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[poo-kuh] /ˈpu kə/
a small white shell found on Pacific, especially Hawaiian, beaches and strung in clusters to make necklaces.
Origin of puka
1970-75; of uncertain origin Unabridged
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noun (pl) puka
(NZ) another name for broadleaf (sense 2)
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type of necklace made from small shell fragments (or plastic imitations), by 1974, from Hawaiian puka, said to mean literally "hole," in references to small shell fragments with naturally occurring holes through them, suitable for stringing, found on beaches.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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