Definition of moai in US English:

moai

noun

  • Any of a number of large, stone statues on Easter Island (Rapa Nui), erected between 1400 and 1600 a.d., and believed to represent former chiefs or other high-ranking men. Also (more fully moai miro): a small figure carved from wood.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From Rapa Nui moai image.

Pronunciation

moai

/ˈməʊʌɪ/