Share this entry

Share this page

pounamu

Line breaks: pou|namu
Pronunciation: /pəʊˈnɑːmuː
 
/

Definition of pounamu in English:

noun

[mass noun] NZ
A variety of jade; greenstone: [as modifier]: pounamu pendants
More example sentences
  • Are we really depriving them of their treaty rights with respect to pounamu by saying that they cannot take pounamu, or greenstone, from these eight little marine reserves in Fiordland?
  • The pair were charged with stealing pounamu, or greenstone, a neglected treasure fused into fissures of southern mountains.
  • Elsewhere, the deep green of pounamu marks the sources of greenstone, and silver and greys are deployed in a startling evocation of mist and spume.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Maori.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something