Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A conspicuous tree, Metrosideros tomentosa, growing on rocky coasts in New Zealand.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • ‘Neither am I,’ she shot back, keeping her eyes on the pohutukawa tree.

    The Rich Man's Royal Mistress

  • Melissa recognised a massive tree shading one end of the terrace as a pohutukawa.

    The Rich Man's Royal Mistress

  • I also have a pohutukawa growing on a terrace overlooking the sea.

    The Rich Man's Royal Mistress

  • LATER, when she could bear to, Melissa wanted to be able to summon every subtle green scent, the tang of the sea, the way the silver backs of the pohutukawa leaves gleamed in the breeze, the gritty purchase of the sand on her skin, the barely discernible song of the tiny wavelets on the beach …

    The Rich Man's Royal Mistress

  • The pohutukawa stood to one side, its silver-based leaves causing her a pang of homesickness.

    The Rich Man's Royal Mistress

  • Melissa recognised a massive tree shading one end of the terrace as a pohutukawa.

    The Rich Man's Royal Mistress

  • ‘Neither am I,’ she shot back, keeping her eyes on the pohutukawa tree.

    The Rich Man's Royal Mistress

  • Hawke showed her the path down the cliff taken by the souls of Maori dead on their way to the afterlife, and the ancient pohutukawa tree that was their last link to the earthly realm.

    The Rich Man's Royal Mistress

  • LATER, when she could bear to, Melissa wanted to be able to summon every subtle green scent, the tang of the sea, the way the silver backs of the pohutukawa leaves gleamed in the breeze, the gritty purchase of the sand on her skin, the barely discernible song of the tiny wavelets on the beach …

    The Rich Man's Royal Mistress

  • I also have a pohutukawa growing on a terrace overlooking the sea.

    The Rich Man's Royal Mistress

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  • pohutukawa- Metrosideros excelsa- A tree that blooms red flowers around christmas, Called New Zealand Christmas tree. Alternate spelling (pohutikawa) seen before

    October 19, 2008