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British Dictionary definitions for tawa

tawa

noun
  1. a tall timber tree, Beilschmiedia tawa, of New Zealand, having edible purple berries

Word Origin

Māori
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Examples from the Web for tawa

Historical Examples

  • Long slender limber spears of tawa wood, twelve feet long and more, were used.

    The adventures of Kimble Bent

    James Cowan

  • Tawa and other trees of small size were cut into suitable lengths for the palisade-posts.

  • In this division they keep a small interval called Tawa in which they do not use the breadfruit.

  • Pa-hu-ka´-tawa said, “Now put your hands on top of my head, and feel there.”

  • The larva feeds on the white rata (M. scandens) and the tawa (Beilschmiedia tawa).