aweto

noun \äˈwet(ˌ)ō, äˈfe-\

Definition of aweto

plural

-s

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of aweto

Maori


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