Definition of kanuka in English:


Line breaks: ka¦nuka
Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːnʊkə


  • A small evergreen New Zealand tree with white flowers, yielding useful timber and products used in herbal medicine.
    • Leptospermum ericoides, family Myrtaceae
    More example sentences
    • Under the kanuka trees young kawakawa, titoki and manamana are weaving a bright green cloak for the hills.
    • East of the School of Forestry is what Peter terms a West Coast garden with rimu, kanuka, mountain beech, coprosma, nikau, wineberry, native fuchsia, pohutukawa, and ferns.
    • To imagine what Hanmer Springs would be like without the forest one could think of the Hanmer Plain as it once was - rather dull with just tussock, kanuka and flax.


early 20th century: from Maori.

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