toa

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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Noun[edit]

toa ‎(plural toas)

  1. A small painted artifact made by the Diyari people of Australia, believed to have been used as place markers or signposts.
    • 2000, Lin Onus, Urban dingo: the art and life of Lin Onus, 1948-1996, page 21:
      These thirty-four toa constructions, made from urban debris and ceremoniously installed in a circular (or sometimes oval) bed of sand, bring together the multiple themes centred on reclamation that preoccupied his life.
    • 2005, Bill Arthur, Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia[1], page 22:
      It seems that on leaving one place people would place a toa in the ground to show other people where they had gone.

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowing from Maori toa.

Noun[edit]

toa ‎(plural toas)

  1. (New Zealand) A brave warrior.
    • 1902, Journal of the Polynesian Society[2], volume 11, page 211:
      The toa or brave who distinguished himself was thought very highly of.
    • 2011, Robert N. Bellah, Religion in Human Evolution[3], page 261:
      Thus in Polynesia, the toa (warrior) could challenge the ariki (priest/chief).

Etymology 3[edit]

Borrowing from Maori toa.

Noun[edit]

toa ‎(plural toas)

  1. A Polynesian tree of the genus Casuarina, or its wood.
    • 1817, William Mariner, An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands in the South Pacific[4], page 302:
      It happens that nature has assembled in this spot, on only the wildest profusion of the vegetable kingdom, over which the lofty toa tree stands pre-eminent, but also objects of another description, overhanging rocks, hollow-sounding caverns, and steep precipices, calculated to give an aspect as bold and sublime as the imagination can well conceive, and constituting a species of scenery, which, in proportion as it is more rare, is more admired by the natives.
    • 1882, John Shertzer Hittell, The Commerce and Industries of the Pacific Coast of North America[5], page 604:
      The toa wood of the South Pacific islands is similar to Eastern walnut in color and texture, but is much finer in figure.

Asturian[edit]

Determiner[edit]

toa f

  1. feminine singular of tou

Dalmatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin tua, feminine of tuus.

Pronoun[edit]

toa f (masculine to)

  1. your; second-person feminine singular possessive pronoun

Estonian[edit]

Noun[edit]

toa

  1. Genitive singular form of tuba.

Fijian[edit]

Noun[edit]

toa

  1. fowl

Maori[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *toqa (compare Hawaiian koa)

Adjective[edit]

toa

  1. brave

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *toa (compare Hawaiian koa), from Proto-Oceanic *toRas, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *teRas (compare Indonesian teras)

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Noun[edit]

toa

  1. A tree with dark-colored, hard wood, Casuarina equisetifolia.

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English tow.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

toa f (plural toas)

  1. rope

Synonyms[edit]

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From toalett.

Noun[edit]

toa c

  1. (colloquial) toilet, loo

Declension[edit]

Inflection of toa 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative toa toan toor toorna
Genitive toas toans toors toornas

Vietnamese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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Noun[edit]

toa

  1. a railroad car
  2. (medicine, pharmacy) a prescription

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowing from French toi

Pronoun[edit]

toa

  1. (obsolete, humorous) you

See also[edit]