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noun (pl) mokos
(NZ) a Māori tattoo or tattoo pattern Also called nanua
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  • He justly observes that "moko" is the counterpart of the armorial bearings of which many families in Europe are so vain.

  • Some are found to undergo the painful operation of "moko" five times.

  • It kept pace with her to the place where moko, the Picture-maker, lived.

    Star Forrestine C. Hooker
  • She told me that she couldn't let me have Mrs. moko, because she was trying caps on her.

    Ravenshoe Henry Kingsley
  • As Turi could not write, Hongi made the ingenious suggestion that his moko, or face-tattoo, should be copied on the deed.

    The Long White Cloud William Pember Reeves
  • The painting moko was now doing was the most wonderful of all that Songbird had ever seen.

    Star Forrestine C. Hooker
  • Amongst the primitive arts of the Maori with which "Ringiringi" became familiar about this time was that of moko, or tattooing.

  • moko gave a sharp glance at Songbird, then spoke in a low voice.

    Star Forrestine C. Hooker
  • This branch of art, that of moko or tattooing, they carried to a grotesque perfection.

    The Long White Cloud William Pember Reeves
  • What will you paint if my father does not come back again, moko?

    Star Forrestine C. Hooker

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