Definition of moki in US English:

moki

noun

NZ
  • 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.

noun

NZ
historical
  • A Maori raft, usually made of bulrushes or other similar material.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

moki

/ˈməʊki/