a New Zealand tree, Sophora tetraptera, of the legume family, having clusters of golden-yellow flowers.
Origin of kowhai
First recorded in 1825–35, kowhai is from the Maori word kō(w)hai
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NZ a small leguminous tree, Sophora tetraptera, of New Zealand and Chile, with clusters of yellow flowers
Word Origin for kowhai
C19: from Māori
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