31. O-lo-lo: " RUBBING."
The feat of rubbing one thigh with the right hand and patting the other with the left hand.
The feat of describing opposing circles with the hands and arms.
An amusement consisting in placing a stick, about two inches long, between the eyelids to prop them open.
The name means, primarily, to set or fix the eyes. Ellis1 says that in Tahiti "the teatea mata was a singular play among the children, who stretched open their eyelids by fixing a piece of straw, or stiff grass, perpendicularly across the eye, so as to force open the lids in a most frightful manner."
1 Op. cit., Vol. I, p. 228.
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