mo·​tu | \ ˈmō(ˌ)tü \
plural motu or motus

Definition of motu

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a Polynesian reef islet with vegetation
Mo·​tu | \ ˈmō(ˌ)tü \
plural Motu or Motus

Definition of Motu (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a Melanesian people in New Guinea
b : a member of such people
2 : the language of the Motu people used in trade on the southeast coast of Papua New Guinea

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History and Etymology for motu

Noun (1)

Maori, Tahitian, Tuamotuan, Marquesan, Samoan, & Tongan

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“Motu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/motu. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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