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.
mid 19th century: from Maori.