[ tee-kee ]
/ ˈti ki /


(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.

Origin of tiki

1875–80; < Maori and Marquesan
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British Dictionary definitions for tiki


/ (ˈtiːkɪ) /


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


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

Word Origin for tiki

from Māori
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