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

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“Aweto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aweto. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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