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marae (plural maraes)
- (archaic) a Polynesian sacred altar or enclosure
- 2004: The path ended down by the sea at a crumbling ‘ingot’ of black coral, twenty yards in length & in height two men. ‘A marae, this is called,’ Mr Wagstaff informed me. ‘All over the South Seas you see ’em, I’m told.’ — David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
- The courtyard of a Maori wharenui or meeting-house and the buildings around it.