Definitions

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  • n. spirit, monster in Maori mythology, especially one that dwells in the water
  • n. a person who embodies the spirit of a taniwha

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mythical Maori monster of some kind, especially a water-monster, often described as a huge fish of hideous aspect.

Etymologies

From Maori (Wiktionary)

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  • At the start of Kehua! by Fay Weldon, there's this:
    "May the Maori amongst you excuse this fictional foray
    into your world, for which, believe me,
    I have the greatest respect, having as a child
    in the Coromandel encountered both taniwha and kehua."

    October 26, 2013