One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of several shrubs or small trees sometimes used for their hard timber, especially the hop-bush, Dodonaea viscosa (family Sapindaceae), and any of several olearias (family Asteraceae), as the daisy-tree Olearia traversorium, endemic to the Chatham Islands.
Mid 19th century. From Maori akeake, reduplication of ake.
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