manaia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Maori manaia.

Noun[edit]

manaia (plural manaias)

  1. A bird-headed mythological creature and symbol of protection in Māori mythology.

Maori[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate to Niuean fakamanaia and Samoan fa'amanaia, with the original meaning of "decoration".

Noun[edit]

manaia

  1. a manaia (a figure often seen in art, generally depicted as a man with a bird's head)
  2. a seahorse

Samoan[edit]

Noun[edit]

manaia

  1. ceremonial household heir apparent