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Maori

[mah-aw-ree, -oh-ree, mou-ree, mah-ree] /ˈmɑ ɔ ri, -oʊ ri, ˈmaʊ ri, ˈmɑ ri/
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 relating to the Maoris or their language.
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for Maori

Māori

/ˈmaʊrɪ/
noun
1.
(pl) -ri, -ris. 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
adjective
3.
of or relating to this people or their language
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Word Origin and History for Maori

"Polynesian inhabitant of New Zealand," 1843, native name, said to mean "of the usual kind."

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