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Tahitian

[tuh-hee-shuh n, -tee-uh n, tah-] /təˈhi ʃən, -ti ən, tɑ-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Tahiti, its inhabitants, or their language.
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Tahiti.
3.
the Polynesian language of Tahiti.
Origin of Tahitian
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25; Tahiti + -an
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Examples from the Web for Tahitian
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  • He had, he said, a couple of Tahitian amongst his boys—a ghost-ridden race.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • Rokóa advanced, and greeted him in the Tahitian fashion, by rubbing faces.

    The Island Home Richard Archer
  • This opinion was confirmed when the missionary, a very intelligent Tahitian, arrived.

    Ben Hadden W.H.G. Kingston
  • Henry and Tehei, the Tahitian sailors, had had numbers of them.

  • Here, in the household where I am writing this, is a little Tahitian “feeding-child.”

  • But, unlike indeed to the Tahitian, their alarm puts on the guise of self-defence.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • In English usually written ‘taboo’: ‘tapu’ is the correct Tahitian form.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • I will return to the Tahitian in his "lighter moments" in another chapter.

    In the Track of the Trades Lewis R. Freeman
  • The Tahitian word for song, himine, is a Kanakazation of the English word hymn.

    In the Track of the Trades Lewis R. Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for Tahitian

Tahitian

/təˈhiːtɪən; təˈhiːʃɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Tahiti or its inhabitants
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Tahiti
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