from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Mythology A male figure in Polynesian myth, sometimes identified as the first man.
- n. A wooden or stone image of a Polynesian god.
- n. A Maori figurine representing an ancestor, often intricately carved from greenstone and worn about the neck as a talisman.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Carved talisman in humanoid form, common to the cultures of the south Pacific Ocean.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Polynesian deity, generally regarded as the creator of man.
- n. [lowercase] A carved image or representation of the god Tiki, especially one of the large carved wooden pillars set up at the tombs of chiefs and infltiential men.
Maori.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Maori tiki. (Wiktionary)