A name in Polynesia of several nettle-like plants which yield fiber used in making fishinglines and nets: as, fau-songā, Pipturus argentens (Samoa).
A Polynesian name for Pariti tiliaceum, a tree belonging to the mallow family, with tough bark yielding cordage and very light wood used by the natives for making outriggers of canoes and for kindling fire by friction. Also hau. See balibago, corkwood, and mahoe, 1.
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