One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of two New Zealand coniferous trees of the family Podocarpaceae, both formerly assigned to the same genus, Dacrydium: (a) (originally) the silver pine, Lagarostrobos colensoi (now rare, perhaps obsolete); (b) (in later use) Halocarpus kirkii.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Joseph Hooker (1817–1911), botanist. From Maori manoao.
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