Definition of manatoka in English:

manatoka

noun

South African
  • The Australian shrub Myoporum insulare or M. serratum (family Myoporaceae), which bears small white flowers followed by edible purple berries, as naturalized in parts of South Africa. Also: the related New Zealand tree M. laetum, also naturalized in South Africa.

Origin

Late 19th century. Apparently alteration of Monotoca, the name of a genus of evergreen Australian shrubs and small trees, applied in error; the name was subsequently attributed to Peter Macowen, South African botanist, who in fact recorded the error. Compare.

Pronunciation

manatoka

/manəˈtəʊkə/