tuatara

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English[edit]

A tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus)

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Maori tuatara.

Noun[edit]

tuatara (plural tuatara or tuataras)

  1. Either of two reptiles, Sphenodon punctatus or Sphenodon guntheri, native to New Zealand, that resemble lizards.

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Maori[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Said to be from tua (on the back) +‎ tara (spine).

Noun[edit]

tuatara

  1. tuatara