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hei-tiki

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Pronunciation: /heɪˈtɪki
 
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Definition of hei-tiki in English:

noun

A greenstone neck ornament worn by Maoris.
Example sentences
  • The fabrication of the hei-tikis of the Maoris is said to have ceased in the early part of the last century.
  • Considered a good luck charm, hei-tikis are still items of prestige and exchange in traditional Maori society.
  • The back of a hei-tiki is usually flat, but this man carved an almost naturalistic back, with one leg tucked behind the other and the arms crossed behind the head holding a leather cord.

Origin

Maori, from hei 'hang' + tiki 'image'.

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