One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large New Zealand coniferous tree which yields useful timber.
Podocarpus totara, family Podocarpaceae
- ‘Trees in the bush include kahikitea, rimu, thin-barked totara, matai and miro.’
- ‘The forest on the island is southern New Zealand podocarp mix with rimu, southern rata, kamahi, totara and miro.’
- ‘The parakeets strip the bark off the rimu and the totara to get at the juice.’
- ‘Growing around them were matai, totara and rimu trees, home to native pigeons, tui, bellbirds, and fantails.’
- ‘The lush branches of the totara, matai and kahikatea trees blocked out all remaining light and I was left alone in a dark, unfamiliar forest.’
Mid 19th century: from Maori tótara.
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