matai


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matai

(ˈmɑːtaɪ)
n, pl -tais
(Plants) a coniferous evergreen tree of New Zealand, Podocarpus spicatus, having a bluish bark and small linear leaves arranged in two rows: timber used for flooring and weatherboards. Also called: black pine
[Māori]
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Noun1.matai - conifer of Australia and New Zealand
genus Prumnopitys, Prumnopitys - mostly dioecious evergreen conifers; leaves are softer than in Podocarpus
conifer, coniferous tree - any gymnospermous tree or shrub bearing cones
References in classic literature ?
He will go directly to the Father of Therns, old Matai Shang.
As if it were yesterday, I still saw the beautiful face of Phaidor, daughter of Matai Shang, distorted with jealous rage and hatred as she sprang forward with raised dagger upon the woman I loved.
In a few isolated countries they still retained their age-old power; but Matai Shang, their hekkador, Father of Therns, had been driven from his temple.
As they drew up beside the ledge upon which Thurid awaited them, he in the bow of the boat arose to step ashore, and then I saw that it was none other than Matai Shang, Father of Therns.
Presently he and Matai Shang entered the latter's boat, which turned out into the river and, swinging round, forged steadily across in my direction.
Swinging the prow of my boat toward the right, I sought the river's rocky side, and there I lay while Matai Shang and Thurid approached up the center of the stream, which was much narrower than the Iss.
It shall be as you wish, Dator," replied Matai Shang; "nor is that all--power and riches shall be yours if you restore my daughter, Phaidor, to me, and place within my power Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium.
You shall have your way with her before another day has passed, Matai Shang," said Thurid, "if you but say the word.
I have heard of the Temple of the Sun, Dator," replied Matai Shang, "but never have I heard that its prisoners could be released before the allotted year of their incarceration had elapsed.
If he should lead Matai Shang to that hollowed spot, then, too, should he lead John Carter, Prince of Helium.
Stewart has ten tries and Matai six despite the Sea Eagles' struggles.
Yet the real meaning of the term according to Aiono Fanaafi is 'the adviser that the house depends on; the backing which a matai finds difficult to do without' (see Aiono Le Tagaloa n.