Definition of Kowhai

1. Noun. Shrub or small tree of New Zealand and Chile having pendulous racemes of tubular golden-yellow flowers; yields a hard strong wood.

Exact synonyms: Sophora Tetraptera
Group relationships: Genus Sophora, Sophora
Generic synonyms: Tree



Definition of Kowhai

1. Noun. A small woody legume tree native to New Zealand that has yellow flowers. It is the national flower of New Zealand. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Kowhai

1. a New Zealand tree [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Kowhai

kouroi
kouros
kourotrophoi
kouse
kouskous
kousso
koussos
koutekite
kovdorskite
kovsh
kovshes
kovshi
kow
kowan
kowari
kowhai (current term)
kowhais
kows
kowtow
kowtowed
kowtower
kowtowers
kowtowing
kowtows
kozachok
kozulite
kph
kpm
kra
kra-kra

Literary usage of Kowhai

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1. The Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary by Edward Tregear (1891)
"is used as a metaphor for Spring ; the " kowhai rains" are at the spring ... name of a shrub bearing very handsome flowers, the Parrot's- beak kowhai (Hot. ..."

2. Reports of Geological Explorations by New Zealand Geological Survey (1871)
"kowhai MINE. Another coal field of a similar character exists on the right bank of the river kowhai, a small tributary of the Waimakariri, six miles above ..."

3. Austral English: A Dictionary of Australasian Words, Phrases and Usages with by Edward Ellis Morris (1898)
""The head of the straight-stemmed kowhai is already crowned with racemes of golden ... 21 : " The dazzling points of morning's lances Waked the red kowhai's ..."

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