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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Origin and Etymology of 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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