Definition of puha in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpuːhɑː/


[mass noun] NZ
The leaves of the sowthistle used as a vegetable.
Example sentences
  • In England puha is known as sow thistle I believe, but here in New Zealand it is best known as a delicacy much treasured by the Maori country folk - it can be delicious picked young and boiled with some pork bones.
  • Roast pork, complete with tooth-smashing crackling, and a hearty side helping of bitter greens - puha, if you can find some in your suburban paradise, but a good mesclun and radicchio salad will do.
  • It does not matter whether people are going to the beach for a barbeque or a boil-up, for sausages and eggs, or pork and puha, the Crown will own the foreshore on their behalf for ever and ever.


Mid 19th century: from Maori.

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