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n. pl. ti·kis
1. Tiki Mythology A male figure in Polynesian myth, sometimes identified as the first man.
2. A wooden or stone image of a Polynesian god.
3. A Maori figurine representing an ancestor, often intricately carved from greenstone and worn about the neck as a talisman.
Of or relating to a simulated or stereotyped representation of Polynesian culture characterized by bamboo, palm fronds, tiki figures, and tropical or exotic themes: a tiki bar; tiki drinks.
[Maori tiki, Tiki, tiki; akin to Marquesan Tiki, image, statue, tiki, and Tahitian ti'i and Hawaiian ki'i, image, statue.]
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(Anthropology & Ethnology) an amulet or figurine in the form of a carved representation of an ancestor, worn in some Māori cultures
(intr) NZ to take a scenic tour around an area
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n., pl. -kis.
(in Polynesian cultures) a carved image, as of a god or ancestor, sometimes worn as a pendant.
[1777; < Maori]
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