tiki


tiki

noun

  1. (initial capital letter) (in Polynesian mythology) the first man on earth.
  2. (in Polynesian cultures) a carved image, as of a god or ancestor, sometimes worn as a pendant around the neck.

noun

  1. an amulet or figurine in the form of a carved representation of an ancestor, worn in some Māori cultures

verb

  1. (intr) NZ to take a scenic tour around an area

n.“large wooden image of the creator-ancestor of Maoris and Polynesians,” 1777, from Eastern Polynesian tiki “image.” Tiki torch is first recorded 1973.

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