okina(redirected from 'okina)
o·ki·naor 'o·ki·na (ō-kē′nə)
1. The glottal stop used in the Hawaiian language.
2. The symbol (') used in writing to represent this glottal stop.
[Hawaiian 'okina, separator : 'oki, to cut off (from Proto-Polynesian koti) + -na, noun suff.]
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