Definition of towai in English:

towai

noun

  • A large New Zealand timber tree related to the kamahi.

    • ‘On the eastern boundary a forest of kanuka and towai surrounds pockets of ti kouka and bracken fern.’
    • ‘A climb leads to native bush containing rata, towai and tree ferns.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Maori.

Pronunciation

towai

/ˈtəʊwʌɪ/