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taiaha

/ (ˈtaɪəˌhɑː) /
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noun
NZ a carved weapon in the form of a staff, now used in Māori ceremonial oratory
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Word Origin for taiaha

Māori
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How to use taiaha in a sentence

  • He carried no weapon but his sacred taiaha, his tongue-pointed staff of hardwood, ornamented with a plume of red kaka feathers.

  • As he listened to Heke he rested upon his taiaha, and smiled upon those about him.

    The Treaty of Waitangi|T. Lindsay Buick
  • As he shouted these questions and answers he ran swiftly backwards and forwards brandishing a taiaha as he ran.

    The Treaty of Waitangi|T. Lindsay Buick
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