Definition of puha in English:



  • [mass noun] The leaves of the sowthistle used as a vegetable.

    • ‘In England puha is known as sow thistle I believe, but here in New Zealand it is best known as a delicacy much treasured by the Maori country folk - it can be delicious picked young and boiled with some pork bones.’
    • ‘Mix in the puha, chilli, turmeric powder, salt and sugar.’
    • ‘Roast pork, complete with tooth-smashing crackling, and a hearty side helping of bitter greens - puha, if you can find some in your suburban paradise, but a good mesclun and radicchio salad will do.’
    • ‘It does not matter whether people are going to the beach for a barbeque or a boil-up, for sausages and eggs, or pork and puha, the Crown will own the foreshore on their behalf for ever and ever.’
    • ‘They smoke too much psychedelic puha, so I can understand that.’


Mid 19th century: from Maori.