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- proper noun
New Zealand(probably a reference to the appearance of mountainous land when seen on the horizon from a canoe after an ocean voyage).
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From Maori Aotearoa ("long white cloud"), from ao ("cloud, daytime, world"), tea ("white"), and roa ("long, tall"). Allegedly the first English-language mention was in the February, 1916, New Zealand School Journal (King, 2004).
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