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mahoe

[ muh-hoh ]

noun

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


mahoe

/ mɑːhɒ /

noun

  1. a small New Zealand tree, Melicytus ramiflorus , with white flowers and bark Also calledhinahinawhitewoodwhiteywood


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Word History and Origins

Origin of mahoe1

First recorded in 1660–70; from French mahot, from Arawak
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Word History and Origins

Origin of mahoe1

Māori
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Example Sentences

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

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