Definition of papauma in US English:

papauma

(also papaumu)

noun

  • A small evergreen tree or shrub of New Zealand, Griselinia littoralis (family Griseliniaceae), having large, thick, shiny leaves; also called broadleaf (see "broad [noun¹, adverb]"). Also NZ: a coprosma, Coprosma grandifolia (family Rubiaceae).

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Joseph Hooker (1817–1911), botanist. From Maori pāpāuma.

Pronunciation

papauma

/pɑːpəˈuːmə/