Main definitions of poi in US English:

: poi1poi2

poi1

noun

  • A Hawaiian dish made from the fermented root of the taro which has been baked and pounded to a paste.

    • ‘Japanese manju (sweet black bean pastry), Portuguese sweet bread, Chinese noodles or crispy duck, and spicy Korean kim chee are as easy to find as Hawaiian poi, which is served as the traditional island staple.’
    • ‘At the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, an Outrigger Resort, chefs grow two different taro varieties - dark, sweet mo'i and butter-crunchy lehua - to create the poi at the property's luau.’
    • ‘But man, sometimes I would kill for some good poi or dobash.’
    • ‘Small Hawaiian food eateries offer easy-to-try mini-dishes of roasted kalua pig and poi, sweet potatoes, squid lu'au, and steamed fish.’
    • ‘Their diet consisted primarily of poi (pounded taro); pork, coconut, and all but three varieties of banana were denied them.’
    • ‘Aloha Diner brings Authentic Hawaiian dishes to the table with laulau (pork or chicken wrapped in taro leaves), lomi lomi salmon and poi.’
    • ‘After a morning of recollection and story telling, everyone gathered in the community centre for a feast of luau pig, rice and poi.’
    • ‘While its famous thick and juicy hamburgers remain a menu highlight, other items also win praise, like ahi katsu, shrimp tempura, laulau, poi, rice, macaroni salad, lomi salmon and kalua pig.’
    • ‘Listening to Layla, we unfold the slim Goan papers and tuck into our breakfast of papaya slices, toast, Goan poi and piping hot coffee.’
    • ‘Surprised, Cody looked up from his sticky bowl of poi to find a pair of blue-uniformed legs on either side of him.’

Origin

Polynesian.

Pronunciation

poi

/poi/

Main definitions of poi in US English:

: poi1poi2

poi2

noun

  • A small light ball of woven flax, swung rhythmically on the end of a string in Maori action songs and dances.

    ‘we watch people breathing fire and dancing with poi’
    • ‘She may still be in nappies but that's no barrier to Maia Jenner knowing how to swing the poi.’
    • ‘I averted my eyes from the roadworks scar, and we emerged from the gravelled gloom of Palmer Street by the Community Centre where, in the park, we stumbled into an accidental circus of people drumming, and whirling fiery pois and staffs.’
    • ‘God knows how long we're there for - we're having such a great time the hours fly by - but somehow we end up back at the Stone Circle watching the fire pois’
    • ‘When I asked what this meant, she replied, ‘They wear plastic piu-pius (skirts which were traditionally made from flax) and use plastic pois (small balls attached to a string and used mostly in women's dances)’.’
    • ‘In the wharenui the group has been introduced to the haka, the long pois and short sticks and has had an opportunity to try them all.’
    • ‘There were songs and dance and poi twirling, demonstrations of how clubs used to be used for cracking and slicing skulls, for ripping off ears, how wavy feathers attached to the handles distracted the enemy.’
    • ‘We watch people breathing fire and dancing with poi, clowns and jugglers, stalls selling jewellery and hats and hot candied almonds.’
    • ‘Mr Brown had taught at Tolaga Bay and was able to teach his pupils Maori songs, chants, poi dances and a haka.’

Origin

Maori.

Pronunciation

poi

/poi/