Definition of makomako in US English:

makomako

(also mako-mak, makamaka)

noun

NZ
  • The New Zealand bellbird, Anthornis melanura (family Meliphagidae).

noun

NZ
  • A small New Zealand tree of forest clearings, Aristotelia serrata (family Elaeocarpaceae), which bears clusters of small pink flowers and bright or dark red berries; also called wineberry.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Taylor (?1805–1873). From Maori makomako; the unreduplicated form mako is also occasionally found in N.Z. English<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Taylor (?1805–1873). From Maori makomako; compare the unreduplicated form mako.