tupuna

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

tupuna (plural tupunas)

  1. (New Zealand) An ancestor, especially a grandparent

References[edit]

  • OED 2006

Maori[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Oceanic *tumpu from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *ta- + Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *umpu (grandparent or grandchild), probably from Proto-Austronesian *apu (grandparent or grandchild) (*umpu is one of several PMP roots that are identical, except for the first vowel)

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

tupuna (irregular plural tūpuna)

  1. A grandparent, or any ancestor more remote than one's parents.