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  1. hau tree.
  2. a tropical American tree, Hibiscus elatus, of the mallow family, having wood used for cabinetwork and gunstocks.
  3. a tree, Melicytus ramiflora, of the violet family, native to New Zealand and other Pacific islands, having greenish flowers and blue berries.
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Origin of mahoe

1660–70; < French mahot < Arawak
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Examples from the Web for mahoe

Historical Examples

  • The larva (Fig. 5a) feeds on the mahoe (Melicytus ramiflorus) in the spring and autumn.

    An Elementary Manual of New Zealand Entomology

    G. V. Hudson

British Dictionary definitions for mahoe


noun plural mahoe
  1. a small New Zealand tree, Melicytus ramiflorus, with white flowers and barkAlso called: hinahina, whitewood, whiteywood
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