Definition of Matai

1. Noun. Conifer of Australia and New Zealand.




Definition of Matai

1. Noun. A Samoan chief. ¹

2. Noun. A coniferous tree, ''Prumnopitys taxifolia'', endemic to New Zealand. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Matai

mata matas
matachin
matachina
matachini
matachins
mataco
matador
matadora
matadoras
matadore
matadores
matadors
matafunda
matai (current term)
matamata
matamata turtle
matamatas
matambala
matapee
matapees
matatu
matatus
matawari
match
match-cloth
match-maker
match-makers
match-making

Literary usage of Matai

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of the Language of Mota, Sugarloaf Island, Banks' Islands, with by Robert Henry Codrington, John Palmer (1896)
"matai, 1. (k) 1. an opening, eye ; source of water ; front. 2. cover for an opening, lid. Very common in Ocean tongues, often "face. ..."

2. The Journal of the Polynesian Society by Polynesian Society (N.Z.) (1911)
"He who is not a matai has only a (Christian ?) name, and is indicated as ... (J) A matai sometimes permits a relation to use the same matai name, ..."

3. The Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary by Edward Tregear (1891)
"matai (matai), to try to obtain by indirectly asking ; to seek to obtain by artifice. .... Samoan—cf. matai'a, one keen to see fish ; to look out for fish, ..."

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