taniwha

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Etymology[edit]

From Maori

Noun[edit]

taniwha ‎(plural taniwhas or taniwha)

  1. (New Zealand) A spirit or monster in Maori mythology, especially one that dwells in the water.
  2. (New Zealand) A person who embodies the spirit of a taniwha.

Maori[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Proto-Polynesian

Noun[edit]

taniwha

  1. taniwha

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