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taniwha

/ˈtʌniːfɑː; ˈtænəwɑː/
noun
1.
(NZ) a legendary Māori monster
Word Origin
Māori
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  • Take care, the pakeha is a taniwha; the pakeha is a tino tangata!

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.
  • But they had mistaken the meaning of the monster review of the taniwha.

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.
  • After this little taniwha went on shore, bearing with him his precious nail.

    The Long White Cloud

    William Pember Reeves
  • At last it was decided that there was no possible doubt that the taniwha of the river had seized Te Maire and drowned him.

  • There must, of course, be a reason, for no taniwha of any repute would take such an extreme step without some good cause.

  • taniwha describes how a thief was shot by Lieutenant Gore for stealing a piece of calico.

    The Long White Cloud

    William Pember Reeves
  • But the bolder taniwha laughed cheerfully and was at once presented with the prize.

    The Long White Cloud

    William Pember Reeves

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