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 (wä-hē′nē, -nā′) also va·hi·ne (vä-)
1. Hawaii A Polynesian woman.
2. Slang A woman surfer.

[Hawaiian, from Proto-Polynesian *fafine.]


(Anthropology & Ethnology) (esp in the Pacific islands) a Polynesian or Māori woman, esp a girlfriend or wife
[C19: from Māori and Hawaiian]


(wɑˈhi ni, -neɪ)

n., pl. -ne.
1. a Polynesian woman, esp. in Hawaii or New Zealand.
2. Slang. a young woman surfer.
[1835–45; < Hawaiian or Maori]
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