Definition of pounamu in English:

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pounamu

Pronunciation: /pəʊˈnɑːmuː/

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.

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