One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tall coniferous New Zealand tree which is used for its timber and resin.
- ‘If you walk up through Talbot Forest you will be in native forest with fine totara, matai and kahikatea and you will hear the calls of native birds, especially the trilling song of the grey warbler.’
- ‘By 1907 the mill was a sizable operation employing 11 men and turning out 350,000 super feet of sawn rimu and kahikatea a year.’
- ‘Some species which are particularly important to birds, such as kahikatea and rata, are excluded from harvesting.’
- ‘That was the first she had heard of her dad's plan to mill kahikatea (white pine), which would later be made into boxes for butter and cheese.’
- ‘Native species such as rimu and kahikatea were far better able to withstand the storm stresses.’
Early 19th century: from Maori.
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