[ mah-aw-ree, -oh-ree, mou-ree, mah-ree ]
/ ˈmɑ ɔ ri, -oʊ ri, ˈmaʊ ri, ˈmɑ ri /

noun, plural Ma·o·ris, (especially collectively) Ma·o·ri for 1.

a member of the native Polynesian population of New Zealand.
a Polynesian language, the language of the Maoris.


of or relating to the Maoris or their language.



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/ (ˈmaʊrɪ) /


plural -ri or -ris a member of the people living in New Zealand and the Cook Islands since before the arrival of European settlers. They are descended from Polynesian voyagers who migrated in successive waves from the ninth century onwards
the language of this people, belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family


of or relating to this people or their language
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