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
    More 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.

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