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.

    Galaxias maculatus, family Galaxiidae

    Also called jollytail
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once a year, the Mokau would run thick with the inanga, attracting people wielding huge nets - and other predators.’

Origin

Maori.

Pronunciation

inanga

/ˈiːnaŋə/