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  • mapau

    a New Zealand tree (Rapanea urvillei) of the family Myrsinaceae that has reddish brown leaves and small white flowers and a light wood that is much used for fuel

    tuatara

    a large reptile (Sphenodon punctatum) formerly common in New Zealand but now confined to certain islets near the coast that is the only surviving rhynchocephalian, has a pineal gland which shows distinct traces of having functioned as an eye in past ages, reaches a length of two and a half feet, is dark olive-green with small white or yellowish specks on the sides, has yellow spines along the back except on the neck, and in general resembles an iguana

    mako

    Fastest shark

    puriri

    New Zealand tree called an ironwood

    korari

    New Zealand flax

    aweto

    : a composite structure that occurs in New Zealand, that when dried and burned yields a useful black pigment, and that is made up of the mummified body of a caterpillar killed by the attack of a parasitic ascomycetous fungus (Cordyceps robustus) together with the elongated fruiting body of the fungus which projects from the neck of the mummy

    hapu

    tribal grouping of interrelated families

    kaka

    an olive brown New Zealand parrot (Nestor meridionalis) that is marked with gray on the crown and red on the face, neck, abdomen, rump, and underwing coverts and that talks and mimics well in captivity

    katipo

    small venomous spider of Asia and Australia

    mana

    impersonal supernatural force or power that may be concentrated in objects or persons and that may be inherited, acquired, or conferred

    manna

    Bread from heaven

    maro

    A slave who ran away from his or her master. Often a member of a community of runaway slaves in the West Indies and South America.

    patu

    the community of artists who have been making Pat scroll paintings for centuries in Bengal

    taniko

    a Maori ornamental border of a mat

    whakapapa

    Ancestry, genealogy

    huancapampa

    the peoples of a territorial division of the Inca empire occupying most of central and northern Peru and Ecuador and their present-day descendants

    whare

    Sacred communal buildings for Maori ceremonies and religious rituals

    hangi

    The block of rock that forms the upper half of a fault.

    kiekie

    wild shrub of New Zealand that has edible berries

    maire

    any of several New Zealand trees with dense heavy wood: such as

    pahautea

    an evergreen New Zealand tree (Libocedrus bidwillii) of montane and subalpine regions

    inanga

    any of several freshwater fishes (family Galaxiidae) of New Zealand and Tasmania

    kohekohe

    a New Zealand tree (Dysoxylum spectabile) of the family Neliaceae whose wood is used for furniture and interior finish

    kiore

    the native rat (Rattus exulan) of New Zealand now wholly or nearly replaced by the introduced Norwegian and black rats

    riroriro

    Gray warbler

    taiaha

    a traditional weapon (spear) of the Maori people

    tangi

    can be touched

    tiki

    Generalized humanoid forms common in Polynesian art. In the Maori creation story, Tiki is the name of the first man. Across Polynesian cultures, humanoid figures are known as tiki images.

    kainga

    Village

    kaitaka

    a mat of fine flax worn as a cloak by the Maoris

    kokowai

    red ocher used in New Zealand as a pigment especially on woodwork

    marae

    Polynesian temple structure.

    ngaio

    New Zealand tree
    FROM MAORI

    naio

    any of several trees of the genus Myoporum
    FROM HAWAIIAN

    waiata

    Maori song sung at events that commemorate certain happenings

    kahikatea

    a New Zealand evergreen tree valued for its light soft easily worked wood, its resin, and the sweet edible exterior of its seed.

    kohua

    a Maori earth oven

    korimako

    a New Zealand bellbird

    kowhai

    shrub/tree of Australasia and Chile yielding hard strong wood

    moa

    any of various extinct flightless ratite birds of New Zealand constituting the family Dinornithidae and including numerous forms that range in size from one (Dinornis giganteus) which is about 12 feet in height to one (Anomolopteryx oweni) which is about the size of a turkey

    moano

    food fish

    moko

    facial tattoos in maori culture

    noa

    charged with little or no supernatural power

    huhu

    The 85% majority of Rwanda, Belgiums thought that they were less European looking then Tutsis, even though one could not actually tell the difference. Tutsis stayed in power after independence and moderate Hutus and the Tutsis were murdered in the Rwandan genocide.

    huia

    bird similar to a starling living in New Zealand

    kuku

    a large, fruit-eating pigeon

    cuckoo

    a familiar European bird (Cuculus canorus) that is grayish brown above and white

    motu

    a small reef island [n -s]

    pounamu

    a type of jade or greenstone treasured by maori

    piupiu

    a short kilt made usually of strips of flax and worn by Maoris for native dances and on ceremonial occasions

    ruru

    the New Zealand boobook owl

    kakapo

    a New Zealand parrot (Strigops habroptilus) with soft green and brown barred plumage that has well-developed wings but little power of flight, lives in holes or burrows in the ground, and has nocturnal habits

    kapuka

    a rather small New Zealand broadleaf evergreen tree (Griselinia littoralis) sometimes cultivated in warm regions as an ornamental

    kawakawa

    What plant has medicinal uses by Maori for healing cuts, stomach pains, and toothaches

    kokopu

    any of several small freshwater fish of New Zealand

    toheroa

    large variety of clam

    piripiri

    a troublesome New Zealand weed (Acaena sanguisorbae) bearing burs covered with hooked bristles

    rangatira

    Highest social class

    takahe

    large, heavyset chicken like bird flightless endangered

    warehou

    a storehouse for goods and merchandise

    weka

    Free data mining package, for data exploration, profiling, mining, and visual analytics, containing hundreds of machine learning algorithms, techniques, and methods.

    whapuku

    a large edible marine fish (Polyprion oxygeneios) of New Zealand waters that is closely related to or perhaps identical with the stonebass

    pohutukawa

    tree of New Zealand; type of sweet potato of New Zealand

    maomao

    a Samoan honeyeater

    maoritanga

    tradition of maori people

    nikau

    a graceful pinnate-leaved New Zealand palm

    paua

    large New zealand shellfish

    maori

    indigenous people of New Zealand

    whekau

    Laughing owl

    tukutuku

    Tukutuku panels are a traditional Māori art form. They are decorative wall panels that were once part of the traditional wall construction used inside meeting houses. (nonrepresentational art from New Zealand)

    taraire

    a New Zealand timber tree (Beilschmiedia tarairi) of the family Lauraceae

    titoki

    a New Zealand tree (Alectryon excelsum) with large panicles of reddish flowers

    ahu

    The only god of Zoroastrianism, the creator of all things, who had certain qualities that he believed every human should have.

    atua

    Ancestor of ongoing influence.

    houhere

    ribbonwood

    kaikawaka

    an evergreen New Zealand tree (Libocedrus bidwillii) of montane and subalpine regions

    chinchaisuyu

    the peoples of a territorial division of the Inca empire occupying most of central and northern Peru and Ecuador and their present-day descendants

    kereru

    a large, fruit-eating pigeon

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