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noun (1)

plural -s
: 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


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noun (2)

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

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“Matai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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