tiki

[ tee-kee ]
/ ˈti ki /
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noun

(initial capital letter) (in Polynesian mythology) the first man on earth.
(in Polynesian cultures) a carved image, as of a god or ancestor, sometimes worn as a pendant around the neck.

Nearby words

  1. tik-tik,
  2. tika,
  3. tikal,
  4. tikanga,
  5. tike,
  6. tiki tour,
  7. tikka,
  8. tikkiny,
  9. tikoloshe,
  10. tikrit

Origin of tiki

1875–80; < Maori and Marquesan

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British Dictionary definitions for tiki

tiki

/ (ˈtiːkɪ) /

noun

an amulet or figurine in the form of a carved representation of an ancestor, worn in some Māori cultures

verb

(intr) NZ to take a scenic tour around an area

Word Origin for tiki

from Māori

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Word Origin and History for tiki

Tiki

n.

"large wooden image of the creator-ancestor of Maoris and Polynesians," 1777, from Eastern Polynesian tiki "image." Tiki torch is first recorded 1973.

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