noun (1)
ma·​tai | \ ˈmätˌī \
plural -s

Definition of matai

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an evergreen tree (Prumnopitys taxifolia synonym Podocarpus spicatus synonym Dacrydium taxifolium) of New Zealand that has dark brown bark often exfoliating in circular flakes, a purplish-black berrylike fruit, and hard, durable, yellow-brown to brown wood

called also black pine


noun (2)
\ " \
plural matais or matai

Definition of matai (Entry 2 of 2)

: a Samoan chief bearing a hereditary title who is head of an extended family or of a village

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“Matai.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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