Definition of ngaio in English:
noun (plural ngaios)
A small New Zealand tree with edible fruit and light white timber.
- Myoporum laetum, family Myoporaceae
- 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.