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[tee-kee] /ˈti ki/
(initial capital letter) (in Polynesian mythology) the first man on earth.
(in Polynesian cultures) a carved image, as of a god or ancestor, sometimes worn as a pendant around the neck.
Origin of tiki
1875-80; < Maori and Marquesan Unabridged
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  • But none of these villages approaches, in sheer rococo verve, the thatch-roofed splendor of tiki.
  • The private beach is lined with hammocks, beach lounge chairs and tiki huts.
  • Place tiki torches among greenery in your garden, and portable lanterns along the entry walk.
  • The on-site heated outdoor swimming pool overlooks the ocean and has a poolside tiki-bar and whirlpool.
  • Guests have access to a heated indoor and outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness center and poolside tiki bar.
  • tiki huts and straw-covered buildings fill the property, creating an organic, tropical atmosphere.
  • Considered a local landmark, the hotel presents an expansive pool area with tiki torches, cabanas and barbecue grills.
British Dictionary definitions for tiki


an amulet or figurine in the form of a carved representation of an ancestor, worn in some Māori cultures
(intransitive) (NZ) to take a scenic tour around an area
Word Origin
from Māori
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Word Origin and History for tiki



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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