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n. pl. Maori or Mao·ris
1. A member of a people of New Zealand, of Polynesian-Melanesian ancestry.
2. The Austronesian language of the Maori.
Of or relating to the Maori or their language or culture.

[Maori Māori, from māori, ordinary people.]
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npl -ri or -ris
1. (Peoples) a member of the people living in New Zealand and the Cook Islands since before the arrival of European settlers. They are descended from Polynesian voyagers who migrated in successive waves from the ninth century onwards
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family
3. (Peoples) of or relating to this people or their language
4. (Languages) of or relating to this people or their language
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(ˈmaʊ ri)

n., pl. -ris, (esp. collectively) -ri.
1. a member of the Polynesian people who are the aboriginal inhabitants of New Zealand.
2. the Austronesian language of the Maoris.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Maori - an ethnic minority of Polynesian and Melanesian descent who speak Maori and live in New ZealandMaori - an ethnic minority of Polynesian and Melanesian descent who speak Maori and live in New Zealand
ethnic minority - a group that has different national or cultural traditions from the majority of the population
2.Maori - the Oceanic language spoken by the Maori in New Zealand
Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic - an eastern subfamily of Malayo-Polynesian languages
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maorimaorin kielimaoritmaori-
마오리 사람마오리어마오리의
người Maorithuộc tộc người Maoritiếng Maori


A. ADJmaorí
B. N
1. (= person) → maorí mf
2. (Ling) → maorí m
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nMaori(e) m/f
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adjMaori-; Maori chiefMaorihäuptling m
Maori mf
(Ling) → Maori nt
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[ˈmaʊrɪ] adj & nmaori (m/f) inv
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اللغة الماورية, مَاوِرِيّ, مَاوِرِيُّ Maor, maorský, maorština maori, maori- Maori, maorisch Μαορί maorí maori, maori-, maorin kieli maori Maori, maorski maori マオリ人の, マオリ族, マオリ語 마오리 사람, 마오리어, 마오리의 Maori maori, maorisk język maoryski, Maorys, maoryski maori маориец, маорийский, язык маори maori, maorisk เกี่ยวกับเมารี, ชาวเมารี, ภาษาเมารี Maori, Maori dili người Maori, thuộc tộc người Maori, tiếng Maori 毛利人, 毛利族的, 毛利语
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That afternoon Momulla went hunting with two other Maoris. They hunted toward the south, and had not gone far from camp when they were surprised by the sound of voices ahead of them in the jungle.
Here, in a little cove, lay a small schooner, the Cowrie, whose decks had but a few days since run red with the blood of her officers and the loyal members of her crew, for the Cowrie had fallen upon bad days when it had shipped such men as Gust and Momulla the Maori and that arch-fiend Kai Shang of Fachan.
It was Kai Shang who had murdered the captain as he lay asleep in his berth, and it had been Momulla the Maori who had led the attack upon the officer of the watch.
He alone could sail the Cowrie, therefore the others could not leave Jungle Island without him; but what was there to prevent Gust, with just sufficient men to man the schooner, slipping away from Kai Shang, Momulla the Maori, and some half of the crew when opportunity presented?
One day Kai Shang spoke secretly with Momulla the Maori, pouring into the brown ear of his companion the suspicions which he harboured concerning the Swede.
They decided, however, that it would do no harm to attempt to frighten Gust into acceding to their demands, and with this purpose in mind the Maori sought out the self-constituted commander of the party.
The Maori leaped to his feet and laid his hand upon the hilt of his knife.
He was wondering if the Maori were really so ignorant as to believe the preposterous lie he was about to unload upon him.
Then the Maori suggested that they speak with Kai Shang.
As the two crossed toward Gust's tent the Maori felt the edge of his long knife with one grimy, calloused thumb.
Chance had it, though, that he glanced out of the doorway of the cook's tent at the very moment that Kai Shang and Momulla approached the entrance to his, and he thought that he noted a stealthiness in their movements that comported poorly with amicable or friendly intentions, and then, just as they two slunk within the interior, Gust caught a glimpse of the long knife which Momulla the Maori was then carrying behind his back.
He feared the rope, therefore, more than he did the knife of the Maori; but he feared them both too much to remain within reach of either.