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kowhai

(ˈkəʊwaɪ; ˈkəʊfaɪ)
n
(Plants) NZ a small leguminous tree, Sophora tetraptera, of New Zealand and Chile, with clusters of yellow flowers
[C19: from Māori]
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Noun1.kowhai - shrub or small tree of New Zealand and Chile having pendulous racemes of tubular golden-yellow flowers; yields a hard strong wood
genus Sophora, Sophora - cosmopolitan genus of trees and shrubs having odd-pinnate leaves and showy flowers; some species placed in genus Podalyria
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
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Most of these ideas reflected prevailing popular icons, notably New Zealand native birds such as the fantail; kowhais, mountains, Maori images such as the tiki, the dolphin Pelorus Jack, swordfish, stags, trout, the "new Parliament building"-the Beehive, then in sketch design-along with "crops, stock, industry", a "map of the world with New Zealand possessions", Napier foreshore icon Pania of the Reef, cows and sheep.
Themes included the fernleaf (one cent), kowhai flower (two cent), Kiwi (20 cent) and Endeavour (50 cent).