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kiekie

Line breaks: kie¦kie
Pronunciation: /ˈkiːkiː
 
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Definition of kiekie in English:

noun

A New Zealand climbing plant with edible bracts, and leaves which are used for basket-making and weaving.
  • Freycinetia banksii, family Pandanaceae
Example sentences
  • Kiekie is found in North Island and also on the west coast of South Island down to Milford Sound, from coastal to montane forests and scrub.
  • Kiekie has climbing stems and long narrow flax-like leaves.
  • I have long known that rats, which I suppose are Norway rats, were in the habit of climbing up the many-stemmed and thickly-clustering heads of the kiekie, a many-headed plant which clings so pertinaciously to many of our forest-trees, and often ascends to a considerable height.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Maori.

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