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totara Line breaks: to¦tara
Pronunciation: /ˈtəʊt(ə)rə/

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Definition of totara in English:


A large New Zealand coniferous tree which yields useful timber.
  • Podocarpus totara, family Podocarpaceae
Example sentences
  • The lush branches of the totara, matai and kahikatea trees blocked out all remaining light and I was left alone in a dark, unfamiliar forest.
  • Trees in the bush include kahikitea, rimu, thin-barked totara, matai and miro.
  • Growing around them were matai, totara and rimu trees, home to native pigeons, tui, bellbirds, and fantails.


Mid 19th century: from Maori tótara.

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