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British Dictionary definitions for tuatua


noun plural tuatua
  1. an edible marine bivalve, Paphies subtriangulata, of New Zealand waters
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Historical Examples

  • They attain a length of about two inches, and are known to the Maoris as Tuatua or Kahitua.

    Beautiful Shells of New Zealand

    E. G. B. Moss