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MaoriEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Polynesian *raʻakau (compare Hawaiian lāʻau), from Proto-Oceanic *raqan kayu, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *daqan kahiw (compare Malay dahan kayu).

NounEdit

rākau

  1. A weapon; a club or bat.
  2. A tree, stick, spar, or mast.
    He wahine tāroaroa i raro i te rākau rā.
    There is a tall woman under that tree.
  3. Wood or timber.