[mah-aw-ree, -oh-ree, mou-ree, mah-ree]
- 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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Examples from the Web for maori
The Haka, a traditional Maori dance, is best known as the pregame ritual of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team.Cartoon Streetfights, Giant Mutant Spider Dogs, and More Viral Videos
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However one Maori king has refused to meet the royals saying the 45-minute window he was allotted was not sufficiently respectful.Kate, William and George’s Tour of Australasia, Key Dates
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Named after the Maori forest god, the largest living kauri has stretched to 167 feet in height in its 1200-plus years.It’s a Big, Big World: Sights That Make You Feel Small
December 24, 2013
Garnish with purple Maori potato, vegetables and lightly fried kawakawa leaves.
But even the most adventuresome eaters have probably never eaten Maori pikopiko pesto.
We have other Maori neighbours besides Tama and his immediate following.
All that was is gone; and the land of the Maori is no longer theirs.
Then there will be children that shall live, and a new race of Maori blood.
This was the land of the Maori before the Pakeha came out of the sea.'
This Maori town may be considered the metropolis of the Ngatewhatua tribe.
- 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
Word Origin and History for maori
"Polynesian inhabitant of New Zealand," 1843, native name, said to mean "of the usual kind."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper