Definitions for maileˈmaɪ leɪ, -li, ˈmɑ iˌleɪ
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mai•leˈmaɪ leɪ, -li, ˈmɑ iˌleɪ(n.)
a vine, Alyxia olivaeformis, of Hawaii, with small yellowish flowers.
Origin of maile:
1905–10; < Hawaiian
A flowering Hawaiian vine, of the genus Alyxia, used to make lei
Alyxia oliviformis, known as Maile in Hawaiian, is a species of flowering plant in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae, that is native to Hawaii. It grows as either a twining liana, scandent shrub, or small erect shrub, and is one of the few vines that are endemic to the islands. The scientific binomial means "chain resembling olive" in Latin. The leaves are usually ternate, sometimes opposite, and can have both types on the same stem. Flowers are quite inconspicuous and have a sweet and light fragrance of honey. The bark of the vine is most fragrant and exudes a slightly sticky, milky sap when punctured which is characteristic of the Apocynaceae family. The entire a plant contains coumarin, a sweet-smelling compound that is also present in vanilla grass, woodruff and mullein. Fruit are oval and dark purple when ripe. Maile is a morphologically variable plant and the Hawaiian names reflect this.
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