iwi

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Maori iwi (literally bone).

Noun[edit]

iwi (plural iwis or iwi)

  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.

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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

Maia[edit]

Noun[edit]

iwi

  1. number

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. extended kinship group, tribe, nation, people, nationality, race (often refers to a large group of people descended from a common ancestor and associated with a distinct territory)
  2. strength, bone

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