Definition of ngaio in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnʌɪəʊ/

noun (plural ngaios)

A small New Zealand tree with edible fruit and light white timber.
  • Myoporum laetum, family Myoporaceae
Example sentences
  • The canopy of foliage comes from the whiteywood, and the ngaio.
  • I'm sitting in the shade of a battered old ngaio tree that is toughing it out on the rocks above Otanerito beach.
  • Plants from last year that are coming on are more kowhai, totora, wineberry, manuka and ngaios.


Mid 19th century: from Maori.

Words that rhyme with ngaio

bio, Cetshwayo, Io, Ohio
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