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pohutukawa Line breaks: po¦hutu|kawa
Pronunciation: /pə(ʊ)ˌhuːtəˈkɑːwə/

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Definition of pohutukawa in English:


An evergreen New Zealand tree of the myrtle family, which bears crimson flowers in December and January. Also called Christmas tree or in New Zealand.
  • Metrosideros excelsa, family Myrtaceae
Example sentences
  • It may also be because fewer of the pohutukawas are the native pohutukawas which flower only at Christmas.
  • Editorials were written about the wisdom of planting another imported pine over a native pohutukawa.
  • When cabbage trees erupt, pohutukawa blaze and the first blowfly of summer sings its siren song, count us out.


Mid 19th century: from Maori.

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