One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An evergreen coniferous New Zealand tree which yields useful timber.
Prumnopitys ferruginea, family Podocarpaceae
- ‘The philosophy was that instead of planting more pines, we would introduce rimu, kauri and miro that would have a 400-year lifespan, rather than 100.’
- ‘The forest on the island is southern New Zealand podocarp mix with rimu, southern rata, kamahi, totara and miro.’
- ‘If you take this 20 minute walk you will be rewarded by seeing the type of vegetation that once grew in the valley - lowland podocarp/silver beech forest, with large specimens of matai, miro, kahikatea and silver beech.’
- ‘Trees in the bush include kahikitea, rimu, thin-barked totara, matai and miro.’
- ‘The bird that feeds on the miro owns the forest.’
Mid 19th century: from Maori.
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