Definition of taniwha in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtanɪwɑː
, ˈtanɪfa/

noun (plural same or taniwhas)

  • A water monster of Maori legend.
    More example sentences
    • The doctor himself helpfully describes taniwhas as akin to goblins.
    • Work on a section of the new highway between Mercer and Long Swamp, dubbed the ‘Waikato Expressway’, has been put on hold after local Maori said they believe there is a taniwha in the way.
    • Maoris claimed putting a road through a taniwha's home would have been a major insult to all those who believed in the beast.



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