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Pronunciation: /ˈtɑːwə
 
, ˈtaʊə
 
/

noun

A tall New Zealand forest tree of the laurel family, which bears damson-like fruit.
  • Beilschmiedia tawa, family Lauraceae
Example sentences
  • The waterway we have been following loops around this island of scrub, which is surrounded by old-growth tawa and rimu forest.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Maori.

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There are 2 main definitions of tawa in English:

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tawa2

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɑːwə
 
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noun

A circular griddle used in South Asia, especially for cooking chapattis.
Example sentences
  • Immigrants have been known to tuck in a wooden chakla-velan, the rolling pin and board, or a metal tawa or griddle for making homemade chapattis, into their luggage.
  • Choose from the assortment, stuffed with a variety of fillings and cooked to your order in the tandoor or on a tawa.
  • Of course, everything is smacked and sizzled together on a tawa.

Origin

from Hindi and Punjabi tavā.

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