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Definition of "kowhai" []

  • A small leguminous tree, Sophora tetraptera, of New Zealand and Chile, with clusters of yellow flowers (noun)
  • A small woody legume tree native to New Zealand that has yellow flowers. It is the national flower of New Zealand. (noun)

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Use "kowhai" in a sentence
  • "This morning I looked out the kitchen window while preparing the deified first coffee of the day, expecting to see the gorgeous ochre and sunshine yellow bells of the kowhai."
  • "You see, I took photos of flowering kowhai trees sophora microphylla last week as evidence of spring in New Zealand, for yellow is one of the most striking colours of our spring - it sparkles against new green growth and dew drops, however cold the days might still be right up to the middle of the season."
  • "Tell that to the kowhai, though, which I thought flowered throughout spring."
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