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taniwha

noun
  1. NZ a legendary Māori monster
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Word Origin

Māori
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Historical Examples

  • Take care, the pakeha is a taniwha; the pakeha is a tino tangata!

    Old New Zealand

    Earl of Pembroke.

  • But they had mistaken the meaning of the monster review of the Taniwha.

    Old New Zealand

    Earl of Pembroke.

  • After this little Taniwha went on shore, bearing with him his precious nail.

    The Long White Cloud

    William Pember Reeves

  • There must, of course, be a reason, for no taniwha of any repute would take such an extreme step without some good cause.

  • At last it was decided that there was no possible doubt that the taniwha of the river had seized Te Maire and drowned him.