One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of several kinds of sowthistle (genus Sonchus), introduced Eurasian weeds used as a vegetable by the Maori; especially smooth sowthistle, S. oleraceus (contrasted with puha, the prickly sowthistle, S. asper).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Taylor (?1805–1873). From Maori rauriki.
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