One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
Early 19th century: from Maori.
Any of a number of tropical trees and shrubs yielding bast that is used to make cordage.
- ‘The blue mahoe (Hibiscus elatus) could have been brought to Jamaica from Cuba by the Arawaks to be used for bark rope (Adams 1971).’
From Arawak maho.
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