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tiki

[tee-kee] /ˈti ki/
noun
1.
(initial capital letter) (in Polynesian mythology) the first man on earth.
2.
(in Polynesian cultures) a carved image, as of a god or ancestor, sometimes worn as a pendant around the neck.
Origin of tiki
1875-1880
1875-80; < Maori and Marquesan
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tiki

/ˈtiːkɪ/
noun
1.
an amulet or figurine in the form of a carved representation of an ancestor, worn in some Māori cultures
verb
2.
(intransitive) (NZ) to take a scenic tour around an area
Word Origin
from Māori
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Tiki

n.

"large wooden image of the creator-ancestor of Maoris and Polynesians," 1777, from Eastern Polynesian tiki "image." Tiki torch is first recorded 1973.

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