from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Among the Maoris, a small jade figure or image worn around the neck.


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  • The smaller tikis, or, more strictly speaking, hei-tiki, such as this, are carved as representations in miniature of the larger images, and are worn as neck ornaments.

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