Definition of Otaheite in English:

Otaheite

(also Otaheit)

adjective

  • Tahitian. Now only with reference to plants associated with Tahiti.

noun

  • = Otaheite cane.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Joseph Banks (1743–1820), naturalist and patron of science. From Otaheite, former name in English of the Pacific island of Tahiti, a misinterpretation of Tahitian ʽo, focus marker + Tahiti, the name of the island.

Pronunciation

Otaheite

/ˌəʊtəˈhiːti//ˌəʊtɑːˈhiːti/