Main definitions of tawa in English

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tawa1

Pronunciation: /ˈtaʊə//ˈtɑːwə/

noun

  • A tall New Zealand forest tree of the laurel family, which bears damson-like fruit.

    • ‘The waterway we have been following loops around this island of scrub, which is surrounded by old-growth tawa and rimu forest.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Maori.

Pronunciation:

tawa

/ˈtaʊə//ˈtɑːwə/

Main definitions of tawa in English

: tawa1tawa2

tawa2

noun

  • A circular griddle used in South Asia, especially for cooking chapattis.

    • ‘Roast both sides on a hot, dry tawa, for a minute.’
    • ‘Choose from the assortment, stuffed with a variety of fillings and cooked to your order in the tandoor or on a tawa.’
    • ‘Shallow fry, with a little oil, on a tawa, till golden brown on both sides.’
    • ‘Immigrants have been known to tuck in a wooden chakla-velan, the rolling pin and board, or a metal tawa or griddle for making homemade chapattis, into their luggage.’
    • ‘Of course, everything is smacked and sizzled together on a tawa.’

Origin

From Hindi and Punjabi tavā.

Pronunciation:

tawa

/ˈtɑːwə/