One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A intricately carved ceremonial Maori walking stick.‘each laureate receives their own tokotoko’‘several other conservationists were presented with tokotoko’
- ‘A kaumatua thumped his ornately carved tokotoko on the chapel floor and demanded to know why it was taking so long for the church to recognize her virtues.’
- ‘She held a Maori tokotoko while addressing the audience to stress that she was speaking on behalf of a collective strength of 30 million educators.’
- ‘Your tokotoko must not get away from you, because once that points to the cloud, you'll drop it.’
- ‘He will receive his hard-carved tokotoko during his stay in Hawke's Bay.’
- ‘You never point your tokotoko at a person, because you are belittling them.’
- ‘There is a reason for that tokotoko—it's not just for showmanship, but it is to safeguard them.’
- ‘He stood alone atop the multi-tiered tomb, in his hand a tokotoko—a chiefly sign that only he had final say over burial protocol.’
- ‘It would become clear that the sausages were in fact ginormous stylized tokotoko rendered in sandwiched sheets of laser-cut cardboard and stained with red ink.’
- ‘The treasures include a waka of unknown origin, a tokotoko, a carved canoe prow, and a funeral cloak, all associated with Maori leaders.’
- ‘Encircling the tokotoko were small tables and bookcases where the Kiwi trade and educational publishers were selling their wares.’
Mid 18th century: Maori.
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