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noun plural tawhiri
  1. a small New Zealand tree, Pittosporum tenuifolium, with wavy green glossy leavesAlso called: black matipo
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Word Origin for tawhiri

Māori 'wave to', from the Māori practice of waving tawhiri branches to welcome approaching visitors
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Historical Examples of tawhiri

  • Only Tawhiri Matea (the wind) had pity on his own father and mother.

    Custom and Myth

    Andrew Lang

  • Afterwards the last son, Tawhiri (father of storms), was angry and waged war against his brothers.