Definition of towai in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtəʊwʌɪ/


A large New Zealand timber tree related to the kamahi.
  • Weinmannia silvicola, family Cunoniaceae.
Example sentences
  • On the eastern boundary a forest of kanuka and towai surrounds pockets of ti kouka and bracken fern.
  • A climb leads to native bush containing rata, towai and tree ferns.


Mid 19th century: from Maori.

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