humuhumunukunukuapua'a

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hu·mu·hu·mu·nu·ku·nu·ku·a·pu·a'a

 (ho͞o′mo͞o-ho͞o′mo͞o-no͞o′ko͞o-no͞o′ko͞o-ä′po͞o-ä′ä′)
n. pl. humuhumunukunukuapua'a or hu·mu·hu·mu·nu·ku·nu·ku·a·pu·a'·as
Either of two triggerfishes, Rhinecanthus aculeatus or R. rectangulus, native to warm coastal waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

[Hawaiian humuhumu-nukunuku-ā-pua'a, trigger fish with a blunt snout like a pig's : humuhumu, small trigger fish (from reduplication of Proto-Polynesian *sumu, trigger fish) + nukunuku, small snout : reduplication of nuku, snout + ā, like + pua'a, pig.]