Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of karaka in English:
A New Zealand tree with orange berries containing seeds which are poisonous unless roasted.
- Corynocarpus laevigata, family Corynocarpaceae
- I helped my friend at one stage to collect the seeds of karakas.
- She writes very sensitively about them, and events that could be scoffed at by outsiders (such as one member shaking hands with a karaka tree on the first pilgrimage to Waitangi) are treated openly and honestly.
- The dominant species in the bush is the karaka, but there is also mahoe (whiteywood).
Mid 19th century: from Maori.
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