Definition of kahikatea in English:



  • A tall coniferous New Zealand tree used for its timber and resin. Its seeds, which are borne on conspicuous red stems, were formerly eaten by the Maoris.

    Also called white pine
    • ‘That was the first she had heard of her dad's plan to mill kahikatea (white pine), which would later be made into boxes for butter and cheese.’
    • ‘Some species which are particularly important to birds, such as kahikatea and rata, are excluded from harvesting.’
    • ‘Native species such as rimu and kahikatea were far better able to withstand the storm stresses.’
    • ‘If you walk up through Talbot Forest you will be in native forest with fine totara, matai and kahikatea and you will hear the calls of native birds, especially the trilling song of the grey warbler.’
    • ‘By 1907 the mill was a sizable operation employing 11 men and turning out 350,000 super feet of sawn rimu and kahikatea a year.’


Early 19th century: from Maori.