- a tall timber tree, Beilschmiedia tawa, of New Zealand, having edible purple berries
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Examples from the Web for tawa
Long slender limber spears of tawa wood, twelve feet long and more, were used.
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.A Voyage to the South Sea
Pa-hu-ka´-tawa said, “Now put your hands on top of my head, and feel there.”Pawnee Hero Stories and Folk-Tales
George Bird Grinnell
The larva feeds on the white rata (M. scandens) and the tawa (Beilschmiedia tawa).New Zealand Moths and Butterflies
G. V. Hudson