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Any of various edible marine fishes of the percoid families Latrididae and Cheilodactylidae, found off New Zealand coasts; especially (a) the bottom-dwelling Latridopsis ciliaris, which is blue-grey and silver (also "blue moki"); (b) (in full "red moki") Cheilodactylus spectabilis, which is reddish brown with whitish vertical bars on its sides.
A Maori raft, usually made of bulrushes or other similar material.
Late 18th century. From Maori moki<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Alexander Wilson (1809–1887). From Maori mōkī bundle, raft made of a bundle of rushes, flax stalks, etc.
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