from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An elevated platform or storehouse for keeping food.


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  • Whata apparently originates in the Maori language.

    All the usage examples (with the exception of the imitation of a bird call) are instances of omission of the space between “what” and “a,” either as a typo or as an attempt to render dialect.

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  • See the Maori Dictionary

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  • “The bones, after being well scraped and cleaned, are then deposited in a whata, or elevated box, somewhat resembling a provision store…”

    Savage Life and Scenes in Australia and New Zealand: Being an Artist's Impressions of Countries and People at the Antipodes, Volume 1. p. 331.(1847)

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