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manaia

noun plural manaia
  1. a common figure in Māori carving consisting of a human body and a bird-like head
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Māori
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Historical Examples

  • And so Manaia took me, and my mother threw up her arms and sank and died.

    A Memory Of The Southern Seas

    Louis Becke

  • Then Manaia whispered to me and asked me if it was to my mind to take her.

  • The manaia, or beauty man of the village, accompanied by two magnificent looking aides, came forward to meet us.

    The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson

    Nellie van De Grift Sanchez

  • I perceived that the manaia purposely played badly in order to let me win his head knife, on which he had carved my name.

    The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson

    Nellie van De Grift Sanchez

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