iwi

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Maori, literally "bone".

Noun[edit]

iwi (plural iwis)

  1. (New Zealand) A Maori tribe.
    • 1996, Diane Bell, Renate Klein, Radically speaking: feminism reclaimed (page 505)
      Through her, the women of my iwi are also beautiful, strong and powerful.

Hawaiian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian, from Proto-Oceanic *suʀi/ruʀi (thorn, splinter, fish bone), from Proto-Austronesian *duʀi (thorn).

Noun[edit]

iwi

  1. bone

Maori[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian, from Proto-Oceanic *suʀi/ruʀi (thorn, splinter, fish bone), from Proto-Austronesian *duʀi (thorn).

Noun[edit]

iwi

  1. bone
  2. tribe (different areas are associated with different Maori tribes; for example, people from around Rotorua probably belong to the Te Arawa tribe or the Ngati Pikiao tribe)