Main definitions of kina in English

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kina1

noun

  • The basic monetary unit of Papua New Guinea, equal to 100 toea.

    • ‘The kina plunged to 29.5 US cents in early January, the lowest level in the past two years and close to its all-time low.’
    • ‘The PNG Teachers Association has threatened legal action against the Electoral Commission if it does not return the 600,000 kina it ‘borrowed’.’
    • ‘As part of his budget cuts, the government is expected to remove a 150 million kina educational subsidy that lowered school fees, introduced by the Morauta government in a last-ditch effort to shore up its electoral chances.’
    • ‘This month the local currency, the kina, fell to a two-year low of 29 US cents.’
    • ‘Many households in rural areas have cash incomes as low as 50 kina a year.’

Origin

Papuan.

Pronunciation

kina

/ˈkēnə/

Main definitions of kina in English

: kina1kina2

kina2

noun

  • An edible sea urchin occurring on New Zealand coasts.

    • ‘A short wade out to sea, the bottom plates, remnants of the ship's engines and boiler lie collapsed upon themselves, home to kina and the occasional crayfish.’
    • ‘What is going on in the aquaculture industry is truly amazing, as is the way in which we are able to farm fish - that is, both fin fish and shellfish: mussels, kina, paua, and so on.’
    • ‘The rocks there abound with crayfish, paua, mussels, kina, maomao and snapper.’

Origin

Maori.

Pronunciation

kina

/ˈkēnə/