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British Dictionary definitions for tawai

tawai

tawhai (ˈtɑːˌhwaɪ)

noun
  1. any of various species of beech of the genus Nothofagus of New Zealand, originally called "birches" by the settlers

Word Origin

Māori
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Historical Examples

  • My children, I am old; my hair is white, the yellow leaf is falling from the tawai tree.

    A History of the English Church in New Zealand

    Henry Thomas Purchas