from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A striking-weapon, such as a club.


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  • One blow from this formidable weapon -- which is called "patu" -- is sufficient to scatter the brains of the person struck.

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  • In fact we learned that in the New Zealand, or Aotearoa culture, there is a carved wooden weapon known as a patu, used in hand to hand combat.

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  • He did, however, think it strange for this young, uninvited guest to be swathed in a blanket-like shawl, or "patu," given the sweltering summer heat.

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  • To give more attention to "just" aesthetic concerns would be to "endorse precisely the concept of the eighteenth-century curiosity cabinet, in which Assyrian shards, tropical seashells, a piece of Olmec jade, geodes, netsuke, an Attic oil lamp, bird of paradise feathers, and a Maori patu might lay side by side in indifferent splendour."

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  • My ancestors were skill warriors, trained at the arts of taiaha, patu and many other arts.


  • “If you ask people, many will just tell you ‘go ask that guy — I think he was born when I was’,” explains Sami, who sits on the TV couch huddled against the cold in his patu -- a thick blanketlike shawl that men wrap over their heads and shoulders.

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  • As small clouds of green dust filled the air, Noel asked me if I had ever tried patu.

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  • The other two were known as hoki patu, stick coca, and wehki patu, coca of the tapir.

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  • But like most mestizo traders and rubber tappers of the Vaupés, he had adopted native ways, including the use of coca, or patu as he called it in Cubeo.

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