tumatakuru

noun

tu·​mata·​ku·​ru
variants or less commonly tumatukuru
¦tüˌmätə¦ku̇(ˌ)rü,
-mat-
plural -s
: a New Zealand shrub or tree (Discaria toumatou) of the family Rhamnaceae having stout sharp spines used by the Maoris for tattooing

called also Irishman, matagory, wild Irishman

Word History

Etymology

Maori tumatakuru

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“Tumatakuru.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumatakuru. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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