- either of two New Zealand myrtaceous forest trees, Metrosideros robusta or M. lucida, having crimson flowers and hard wood
C19: from Māori
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Why not, since the Rata came ashore weeks ago on these coasts?
I marvelled to see how like a log the Rata lay, while the lively Englishmen slipped through the water.
The great anchors of the Rata were swung in readiness over the prow, and a score of men stood by to pay out the cable.
For the other Spanish ship had fared worse than the Rata, and was already heeling over on her side.
How, after a while, when they looked out one morning they found the Rata staggering through the stormy northern seas alone.