rata

noun ra·ta \ ˈrätə \

Definition of rata

plural -s
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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