Main definitions of mahoe in English

: mahoe1mahoe2

mahoe1

noun

  • A small bushy New Zealand tree of the violet family, with whitish bark and clusters of small greenish flowers.

    • ‘A beautiful evergreen tree with red, orange, or yellow flowers, blue mahoe is native to Jamaica.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Maori.

Pronunciation:

mahoe

/məˈhəʊi/

Main definitions of mahoe in English

: mahoe1mahoe2

mahoe2

noun

West indian
  • Any of a number of tropical trees and shrubs yielding bast that is used to make cord.

    • ‘The blue mahoe (Hibiscus elatus) could have been brought to Jamaica from Cuba by the Arawaks to be used for bark rope (Adams 1971).’

Origin

From Arawak maho.

Pronunciation:

mahoe

/məˈhəʊ/