mā‘ohi

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Tahitian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *ma(a)qoli (true, genuine, real). Compare Hawaiian maoli and Maori māori.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mā‘оhi

  1. native, indigenous
  2. real, genuine
  3. Polynesian

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert D. Craig (2011) Historical Dictionary of Polynesia, →ISBN, page 157: “MĀ‘OHI. A tahitian word currently used to indicate a person of Polynesian (Tahitian) ancestry versus demi to indicate one of mixed ancestry or popa‘ā to indicate a foreigner of Caucasian descent. Mā‘ohi is related to New Zealand and Cook Islands word māori and Hawaiian maoli.”