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rata

noun
  1. either of two New Zealand myrtaceous forest trees, Metrosideros robusta or M. lucida, having crimson flowers and hard wood

Word Origin

C19: from Māori
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Historical Examples

  • Why not, since the Rata came ashore weeks ago on these coasts?

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • I marvelled to see how like a log the Rata lay, while the lively Englishmen slipped through the water.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • The great anchors of the Rata were swung in readiness over the prow, and a score of men stood by to pay out the cable.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • For the other Spanish ship had fared worse than the Rata, and was already heeling over on her side.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • How, after a while, when they looked out one morning they found the Rata staggering through the stormy northern seas alone.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed