Definition of karaka in English:


Line breaks: ka¦raka
Pronunciation: /kəˈrakə


  • A New Zealand tree with orange berries containing seeds which are poisonous unless roasted.
    • Corynocarpus laevigata, family Corynocarpaceae
    More example sentences
    • 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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