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rata

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɑːtə
 
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Definition of rata in English:

noun

A large New Zealand tree of the myrtle family, with crimson flowers and hard red timber.
  • Genus Metrosideros, family Myrtaceae: several species, in particular M. robusta
Example sentences
  • We were too early to see the rata in flower but clematis was in bloom at many points along the track.
  • The rata trees in flower, the birds, the brushing of wet fern against my bare legs as I climbed over ridges on rainy days, chasing wild pigs.
  • If you are lucky enough to visit in the summer when the rata is flowering the deep green vegetation is brightened by patches of rich red.

Origin

late 18th century: from Maori.

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