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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of a people of New Zealand, of Polynesian-Melanesian ancestry.
  • noun The Austronesian language of the Maori.
  • adjective Of or relating to the Maori or their language or culture.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of the primitive inhabitants of New Zealand, a Polynesian race of the Malay family, distinguished for their natural capacity and vigor. Most of them now profess Christianity, but they have vigorously though unsuccessfully resisted English dominion.
  • noun The language of the Maoris.
  • Of or belonging to the primitive inhabitants of New Zealand, or to their language.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun (Ethnol.) One of the aboriginal inhabitants of New Zealand; also, the original language of New Zealand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, from, or pertaining to the Maori.
  • noun Language of the Maori.
  • noun Indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • noun Member of the people of New Zealand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the Oceanic language spoken by the Maori in New Zealand
  • noun an ethnic minority of Polynesian and Melanesian descent who speak Maori and live in New Zealand

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Maori Māori, from māori, ordinary people.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Maori māori, meaning "aborigine", "native", "normal", "ordinary", or "plain".

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