Palolo

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Palolo (Zoöl) A polystome worm (Palolo viridis) that burrows in the coral reefs of certain of the Pacific Islands. A little before the last quarter of the moon in October and November, they swarm in vast numbers at the surface of the sea for breeding, and are gathered and highly esteemed as food by the natives. An allied species inhabits the tropical Atlantic and swarms in June or July.In the 1890 Webster, called palola and Palola viridis. A misspelling?
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n palolo A remarkable marine worm of the family Nereidæ, Palolo viridis, found in vast numbers in the Polynesian seas, and much used for food by the natives. It is a notobranchiate polychætous annelid, formerly placed in the genus Lysidice, or forming a genus (Palolo) by itself. It visits the Samoan, Fijian, and Gilbert archipelagos to spawn once a year, in October, at the last quarter of the moon.
    • n palolo [capitalized] [NL.] A generic name of this worm, called Palolo viridis. Also Palola.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Palolo pa-lō′lō an edible annelid allied to the lugworm, found near Polynesian coral-reefs.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From native name

Usage

In literature:

The palolo is a favourite delicacy, and they never fail to fish for it.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser
Palolo Valley is some ten miles from Honolulu, and is best reached on horseback.
"Under the Southern Cross" by Maturin M. Ballou
I live in Palolo valley, and have no means of earning anything.
"Six Prize Hawaiian Stories of the Kilohana Art League:"
Mo-o-inanea lived in the pit from which this clay was procured, a place called Lua-palolo, meaning pit-of-sticky-clay.
"Legends of Gods and Ghosts (Hawaiian Mythology)" by W. D. (William Drake) Westervelt
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In news:

Open house pick of the week: Palolo .
Simple living in Palolo .
This summer, students at Anuenue Hawaiian immersion school in Palolo celebrated the Makahiki season.
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