Definition of inanga in English:

inanga

noun

NZ
  • A small edible Australasian fish which spends its first year in the sea, thereafter living mainly in fresh water. The young are caught as whitebait.

    Also called jollytail
    • ‘Once a year, the Mokau would run thick with the inanga, attracting people wielding huge nets - and other predators.’
    • ‘Whatever happens, when the moment is right the mature inanga migrate downstream and spawn in grasses along river and estuary edges, covered by water at spring tides.’
    • ‘The whitebait catch consists primarily of the young of three species: inanga, koaro and banded kokopu.’

Origin

Maori.

Pronunciation

inanga

/ˈiːnaŋə/