noun plural moai

any of the gigantic carved stone figures found on Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

Word Origin for moai

from Rapanui (the Polynesian language of Easter Island), literally: statue, figurine
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Contemporary Examples of moai

  • One full-moon night, a friend and I dragged our hotel bedding to the great stone heads, the moai, some 24 feet tall.

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    October 16, 2013