from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A native Maori oven.
  • noun A three-legged iron pot or kettle; a ‘goshore’ or ‘go-ashore.’


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  • its maori, and roughly means "boiled head" 'upoko' meaning head and 'kohua' meaning to boil, stemming from the fact that maori tribes would sometimes engage in acts of cannibalism after defeating another tribe in battle - the defeated tribes chief or war party leader would be decapitated, his head boiled then eaten, as the ultimate gesture of disrespect.

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