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karaka Line breaks: ka¦raka
Pronunciation: /kəˈrakə/

Definition of karaka in English:


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