Definition of kokowai in English:

kokowai

noun

mass nounNZ
  • Red ochre (burnt red clay) used to decorate wood or other materials.

    • ‘The kokowai was burned in a fire, ground into a fine powder and mixed with shark oil to make paint.’
    • ‘Colleen sees this process as having an affinity with the custom of using kokowai (a baked and ground red clay mixed with oil) in ancient rituals.’
    • ‘They oiled her down with kokowai to keep the cold out and they constructed a little raft out of raupo to keep the baby buoyant and out of the water.’
    • ‘These, with the red kokowai, constituted the ‘palette’ of the old-time Maoris.’
    • ‘The ribbon is red ochre (kokowai) with a narrow white stripe towards either edge.’

Origin

Maori.

Pronunciation

kokowai

/ˈkɔːkɔːˌwʌɪ/