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taiaha

noun
  1. NZ a carved weapon in the form of a staff, now used in Māori ceremonial oratory

Word Origin

Māori
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Examples from the Web for taiaha

Historical Examples

  • As he listened to Heke he rested upon his taiaha, and smiled upon those about him.

    The Treaty of Waitangi

    T. Lindsay Buick

  • As he shouted these questions and answers he ran swiftly backwards and forwards brandishing a taiaha as he ran.

    The Treaty of Waitangi

    T. Lindsay Buick