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  1. a myrtaceous New Zealand tree, Metrosideros excelsa, with red flowers and hard red wood
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Word Origin

from Māori
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Examples from the Web for pohutukawa

Historical Examples

  • Sometimes this Pohutukawa is also called the Christmas tree, from the bright red blossom that flowers at Christmas.

    Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water

    Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent