Maori

[mah-aw-ree, -oh-ree, mou-ree, mah-ree]
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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.

adjective

of or relating to the Maoris or their language.

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Māori

noun

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

adjective

of or relating to this people or their language
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Word Origin and History for maori

Maori

"Polynesian inhabitant of New Zealand," 1843, native name, said to mean "of the usual kind."

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