Definition of piripiri in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪrɪˌpɪri/
(also pirri-pirri burr)

noun (plural piripiris)

A New Zealand plant of the rose family, with prickly burrs.
  • Genus Acaena, family Rosaceae: several species, in particular A. anserinifolia.
Example sentences
  • No one who has seen sheep covered with Acaena ‘burrs’ (piripiri) can hesitate to admit the large part which that animal plays in the spread of this native weed.


Mid 19th century: from Maori.

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