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  • noun A toy in the form of a large hoop which is twirled around various parts of the body, especially the waist.
  • verb To use a hula hoop.


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Former trademark of Wham-O, which introduced the product in 1958.


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  • In 1957 the hula hoop was reinvented by Richard Knerr and Arthur "Spud" Melin, founders of the Wham-O toy company. The new Hula Hoops were made possible by Marlex, a recently invented durable plastic.

    Knerr and Medlin were unable to patent their vastly profitable "re-invention", as it had been in use for thousands of years; making the device out of a new material did not meet patent requirements of originality. They were largely able, however, to protect their invention by trademarking "Hula hoop".

    After the hoop was released in 1958, Wham-O sold over 100 million in two years. As the fad ran its course, Wham-O again struck lucky with the release of their Frisbee.


    January 28, 2008

  • also, Hula Hoops are a potato-based snack product, in the shape of short, hollow cylinders.

    July 25, 2008