Main definitions of mahoe in US English:

: mahoe1mahoe2

mahoe1

noun

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

    Melicytus ramiflorus, family Violaceae

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

Origin

Early 19th century: from Maori.

Pronunciation

mahoe

/məˈhō/

Main definitions of mahoe in US English:

: mahoe1mahoe2

mahoe2

noun

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

    Several species, especially of the genus Hibiscus (family Malvaceae), in particular the widespread H. tiliaceus and the Caribbean H. elatus

    • ‘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

/məˈhō/