SYLLABICATION: humuhumunukunukuapuaa
PRONUNCIATION: AUDIO: hm-hm-nk-nk-p-     KEY
NOUN: Inflected forms: pl. humuhumunukunukuapuaa or humuhumunukunukuapuaas
Either of two triggerfishes, Rhinecanthus aculeatus or R. rectangulus, native to the outer reefs of Hawaii, the latter having a broad black band on the side and a black triangle at the beginning of the tail.
ETYMOLOGY: Hawaiian humuhumu-nukunuku--pua'a, trigger fish with a blunt snout like a pig's : humuhumu, small trigger fish (from reduplication of Proto-Polynesian *sumu, trigger fish) + nukunuku, small snout, reduplication of nuku, snout + , like + pua'a, pig