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
- 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.
Late 18th century: from Maori.
Words that rhyme with ratabarter, Bata, cantata, carter, cassata, charter, chipolata, ciabatta, darter, desiderata, errata, garter, imprimatur, Inkatha, Jakarta, Magna Carta, Maratha, martyr, Odonata, passata, persona non grata, Renata, Río de la Plata, serenata, sonata, Sparta, starter, strata, taramasalata, tartar, Tatar, Zapata
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