aweto

noun
\ äˈwet(ˌ)ō, äˈfe- \
plural -s

Definition of 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

called also vegetable caterpillar

History and Etymology for aweto

Maori

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“Aweto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aweto. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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