/ (ˈmɑːtaɪ) /

noun plural -tais

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

Word Origin for matai

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Examples from the Web for matai

  • 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