wahine

wahine

[wah-hee-nee, -ney]
noun, plural wahine.
1.
(in Hawaii and Polynesia) a girl or young woman.
2.
Slang. a young woman surfer.
Also, vahine.


Origin:
1835–45; < Polynesian

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wahine (wɑːˈhiːnɪ)
 
n
(esp in the Pacific islands) a Polynesian or Māori woman, esp a girlfriend or wife
 
[C19: from Māori and Hawaiian]

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