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matai

noun plural -tais
  1. a coniferous evergreen tree of New Zealand, Podocarpus spicatus, having a bluish bark and small linear leaves arranged in two rows: timber used for flooring and weatherboardsAlso called: black pine
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Word Origin

Māori
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Historical Examples

  • "Matai," he said, smiling so as to show his long white teeth.

    The Smuggler Chief

    Gustave Aimard

  • Besides canoes the matai made lali (wooden drums), kava and food bowls, all cut from the solid timber with the adze.

    The Fijians

    Basil Thomson