rata

noun
ra·ta | \ˈrätə\
plural -s

Definition of rata 

1 : a tree of the genus Metrosideros especially : either of two New Zealand timber trees (M. robusta and M. lucida)

2 : the hard dark red wood of a rata tree used by the Maoris for paddles and war clubs

3 [ borrowed from Tahitian rātā ] : polynesian chestnut

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History and Etymology for rata

borrowed from Maori rātā (going back to Polynesian *lata, *laataa name for Metrosideros or any of various other forest trees)

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