Definition of rimu in English:



  • A tall coniferous tree with dark brown flaking bark, which is the chief native softwood tree of New Zealand. The timber is used for furniture and interior fittings.

    Also called red pine
    • ‘In 1888, James Rutherford designed a fine rimu villa at Pungarehu, before carefully choosing a site for a new mill.’
    • ‘If beech was as profitable as rimu there wouldn't be any lowland beech forests left either.’
    • ‘The ‘new’ White Hart Hotel was built in 1886 with around 30,000m of timber, including rimu and matai.’
    • ‘At first silver pine and totara were the chosen timbers, but later the demand changed to kahikatea and rimu, and these timbers were the predominant product from the West Coast timber industry.’
    • ‘Native species such as rimu and kahikatea were far better able to withstand the storm stresses.’
    • ‘With no totara within easy carting distance, they determined to find a rimu instead, as they were close by and plentiful.’
    • ‘At the summit is a further loop track through virgin forest with an impressive stand of matai, rimu and totara.’
    • ‘Thomas established a piece of paradise by planting many native rimu, gums and pines, which now shelter an extraordinary collection of some of the world's rarest and most unusual plants.’
    • ‘Think about the stone blocks being wedged into place, the roof beams cut from giant rimu and the wallpaper remade by an English company in 1962 to reflect the original designs when William and Emily moved in.’
    • ‘The finish is plaster-tinted in soft, soothing colours and the harmony of the decorations completed by warm heart of rimu furnishings.’
    • ‘It's hard to imagine he lives in the city, with rimu and puriri trees growing so close to the balustrades.’
    • ‘To the left of the bed was a rimu wood dressing table on the far left wall was the wardrobe.’
    • ‘Trees in the bush include kahikitea, rimu, thin-barked totara, matai and miro.’


Mid 19th century: from Maori.