Definition of pukatea in English:

pukatea

noun

NZ
  • A tall New Zealand forest tree, Laurelia novae-zelandiae (family Monimiaceae), which has glossy aromatic leaves and small racemes of tiny yellowish flowers and is noted for having plank buttresses at its base. Also: the tough pale brown wood of this tree, used for boatbuilding and furniture.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in New Zealand Journal. From Maori pukatea.

Pronunciation

pukatea

/pʊkəˈtiːə//pʊkəˈteɪə/