from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In New Zealand, either of two trees of the bean family, Sophora tetraptera and Clianthus puniceus.

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

  • noun A shrub or small tree (Sophora tetraptera) of New Zealand and Chile having pendulous racemes of tubular golden-yellow flowers; it yields a hard strong wood.

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

  • noun A small woody legume tree native to New Zealand that has yellow flowers. It is the national flower of New Zealand.

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

  • noun shrub or small tree of New Zealand and Chile having pendulous racemes of tubular golden-yellow flowers; yields a hard strong wood


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  • This morning I looked out the kitchen window while preparing the deified first coffee of the day, expecting to see the gorgeous ochre and sunshine yellow bells of the kowhai.

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  • You see, I took photos of flowering kowhai trees sophora microphylla last week as evidence of spring in New Zealand, for yellow is one of the most striking colours of our spring - it sparkles against new green growth and dew drops, however cold the days might still be right up to the middle of the season.

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  • Tell that to the kowhai, though, which I thought flowered throughout spring.

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  • A kowhai tree has been planted at the Albany campus in memory of Dr Michael McCool.

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  • Dr Eleanor Rimoldi, one of Dr Michael McCool's doctoral supervisors, places soil around a kowhai tree planted in his honour.

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  • Feedback led to the provision of four competing flavours: pineapple custard, banana French toast, kowhai honey and lemon tart.

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  • Lampton Quay is decorated with slightly over-ripe kowhai trees in full bloom; the petals trampled into the street by the suits, and what's left on the trees disheveled by the spring rains.

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  • It's a tree. With nice visuals. And birds in.

    January 9, 2013

  • I read the end of the first definition as Clianthus and goal, which is where the play gets marked when you make yardage on 4th down and Shrubbery.

    January 9, 2013