Maori

[mah-aw-ree, -oh-ree, mou-ree, mah-ree]
noun, plural Maoris (especially collectively) Maori for 1.
1.
a member of the native Polynesian population of New Zealand.
2.
a Polynesian language, the language of the Maoris.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to the Maoris or their language.
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Māori (ˈmaʊrɪ)
 
n , -ri, -ris
1.  a member of the people living in New Zealand and the Cook Islands since before the arrival of European settlers. They are descended from Polynesian voyagers who migrated in successive waves from the ninth century onwards
2.  the language of this people, belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family
 
adj
3.  of or relating to this people or their language

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Maori
"Polynesian inhabitant of New Zealand," 1843, native name, said to mean "of the usual kind."
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Example sentences for maori
It was constructed by the armed constabulary and local maori who worked on their land.
There is no record of maori settlement in the vicinity of stratford.
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