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  1. the Sumerian sun god: the counterpart of the Akkadian Shamash.
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Examples from the Web for utu

Historical Examples of utu

  • As to Utu, there is some doubt whether it represents a real pronunciation or not.

    The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria

    Morris Jastrow

  • The pakeha was drowning the Maori for (p. 23) utu for himself, in case he should be drowned.

    Old New Zealand

    Earl of Pembroke.

  • Utu took up his abode, as we have already noted, at Matautu.

  • Utu—payment, satisfaction, revenge—summed up in a word the darker side of the Maori character.

  • That, indeed, would be utu—though long-deferred utu—for his kinsmen who fell to the pakeha bullets at Rangiriri and Orakau!

British Dictionary definitions for utu


noun NZ
  1. compensation or reward
  2. revenge or retribution
  3. payment, price, or money
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Word Origin for utu

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