One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small New Zealand tree with edible fruit and light white timber.
Myoporum laetum, family Myoporaceae
- ‘Since then we have planted cabbage trees, flaxes, saltmarsh ribbonwoods, kowhais, ngaios, mahoes, matais, podocarps, kahikateas, manukas, wineberries, toitois and olearias in their thousands.’
- ‘Plants from last year that are coming on are more kowhai, totora, wineberry, manuka and ngaios.’
- ‘We walk up the narrow path through a rockery; the plants are mostly succulents, partially shaded by pepper trees, tamarisks, ngaios.’
- ‘The canopy of foliage comes from the whiteywood, and the ngaio.’
- ‘This is a garden that truly makes the most of its cliff top site while providing a host of sheltered areas within the shelter of aged ngaios and other natives.’
- ‘I'm sitting in the shade of a battered old ngaio tree that is toughing it out on the rocks above Otanerito beach.’
Mid 19th century: from Maori.
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