Definitions

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

  • noun Mythology A male figure in Polynesian myth, sometimes identified as the first man.
  • noun A wooden or stone image of a Polynesian god.
  • noun A Maori figurine representing an ancestor, often intricately carved from greenstone and worn about the neck as a talisman.
  • adjective Of or relating to a decorative style characterized by bamboo, palm fronds, tiki figures, and other popular representations of Polynesian culture.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Polynesian deity, generally regarded as the creator of man.
  • noun [lowercase] A carved image or representation of the god Tiki, especially one of the large carved wooden pillars set up at the tombs of chiefs and infltiential men.

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

  • noun Carved talisman in humanoid form, common to the cultures of the south Pacific Ocean.

Etymologies

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

[Maori.]

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From Maori tiki.

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