/ (mɑːnɑːiːə) /

nounplural manaia
  1. a common figure in Māori carving consisting of a human body and a bird-like head

Origin of manaia


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How to use manaia in a sentence

  • It so happened that half-way down the cliff, which is twelve fathoms high, there was a boy named manaia.

  • When she came to the surface, I was still clasped tightly in her arms, and manaia cried to her to swim to the canoe.

  • Then she called out to him, "Ola, manaia," and he looked at us and laughed as he spun his small hand-net into the pool.

  • Then, once we were at a safe distance, we ran swiftly to the beach, and then onwards to where manaia awaited us.

  • Then, whilst I steered, manaia tied strips of tappa around Selema's leg so as to stay the bleeding.