Poi

Noun

  • A creamy Samoan dessert of ripe bananas mashed with coconut cream.
  • A national food of the Hawaiians, made by baking and pounding the kalo (or taro) root, and reducing it to a thin paste, which is allowed to ferment.
  • The equipment used in such a performance, typically a pair of short cords with a soft cloth ball at one end of each piece. Similar items, of different construction, are used in a more modern style of fire poi.
  • A style of performance art originating in New Zealand Maori culture. It involves swinging tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns, sometimes with singing and dancing.

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