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either of two New Zealand myrtaceous forest trees, Metrosideros robusta or M. lucida, having crimson flowers and hard wood
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C19: from Māori
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  • 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
  • Again and again we remarked that great curiosity of the rata, which is found throughout both islands.

    Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent
  • For the other Spanish ship had fared worse than the rata, and was already heeling over on her side.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • Habitat—On Metrosideros robusta (rata), Wellington, and probably elsewhere.

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

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed

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