Definition of taonga in English:

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Pronunciation: /tɑːˈɒŋə/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun (plural same)

(In Maori culture) an object or natural resource which is highly prized.
Example sentences
  • The animals are revered by the Maori as a taonga, or treasure.
  • This is especially apparent in the little black hole in which the Maori taonga and artefacts are presented.
  • But what preceded all of that were court decisions stating that the language of Maori was a taonga, and that the Government had a duty to promote it, and through the medium of broadcasting.



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