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moko

/ˈməʊkəʊ/
noun (pl) mokos
1.
(NZ) a Māori tattoo or tattoo pattern Also called nanua
Word Origin
Māori
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  • Some are found to undergo the painful operation of "moko" five times.

  • She told me that she couldn't let me have Mrs. moko, because she was trying caps on her.

    Ravenshoe

    Henry Kingsley
  • It kept pace with her to the place where moko, the Picture-maker, lived.

    Star

    Forrestine C. Hooker
  • moko did not like any one to watch her at work, but Songbird was always welcomed.

    Star

    Forrestine C. Hooker
  • The painting moko was now doing was the most wonderful of all that Songbird had ever seen.

    Star

    Forrestine C. Hooker
  • "If only moko were here I could ask her," she said to herself sadly.

    Star

    Forrestine C. Hooker
  • moko gave a sharp glance at Songbird, then spoke in a low voice.

    Star

    Forrestine C. Hooker
  • What will you paint if my father does not come back again, moko?

    Star

    Forrestine C. Hooker
  • Amongst the primitive arts of the Maori with which "Ringiringi" became familiar about this time was that of moko, or tattooing.

  • moko, a name given by sportsmen to pheasants killed by mistake during September, before the pheasant-shooting comes in.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten

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