Definition of kahawai in English:

kahawai

noun

  • New Zealand term for "Australian salmon" (see salmon (sense 2))
    • ‘The mighty hunter brought back a kahawai and a snapper for tea.’
    • ‘I suggest to the member that he await the decision on the kahawai quota and its introduction to the quota management system in about 6 weeks' time.’
    • ‘If kahawai is not introduced into the quota management system on 1 October 2004, it will not be managed in order to ensure sustainability.’
    • ‘If fishers have a quota for kahawai, tuna, or something like that, it is very unlikely to be affected by a marine farm.’
    • ‘Once, Robert, with the two Rutland boys aboard, came across a circling kahawai doing just that.’

Origin

Maori.

Pronunciation

kahawai

/ˈkɑːwʌɪ/