Definition of mapau in English:

mapau

(also mapou)

noun

NZ
  • Any of several New Zealand shrubs and small trees, chiefly with undulate, evergreen leaves; especially (a) Myrsine australis (family Myrsinaceae), with reddish twigs and bearing clusters of small white flowers and black berries; (b) (more fully "black mapau") Pittosporum tenuifolium (family Pittosporaceae), with black bark and light green leaves.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Joseph Hooker (1817–1911), botanist. From Maori māpau, māpou, in sense (a).

Pronunciation

mapau

/ˈmɑːpaʊ/