mahoe

mahoe

[muh-hoh]
noun
2.
a tropical American tree, Hibiscus elatus, of the mallow family, having wood used for cabinetwork and gunstocks.
3.
a tree, Melicytus ramiflora, of the violet family, native to New Zealand and other Pacific islands, having greenish flowers and blue berries.

Origin:
1660–70; < French mahot < Arawak

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mahoe (mɑːhɒ)
 
n , pl mahoe
hinahina, whitewood, Also called: whiteywood a small New Zealand tree, Melicytus ramiflorus, with white flowers and bark
 
[Māori]

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