A coniferous tree, Prumnopitys taxifolia, endemic to New Zealand.(noun)
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Use "matai" in a sentence
"Tupua Tamasese Efi said the chiefs and traditional orators - "matai" - of his village had stripped him of the ancient kingly title of "Tui Atua", and banished him along with his extended family."
"Toleafoa is a Samoan matai chiefly title bestowed upon his eminence by the local authorities, presumably for helping them build a stadium without sinking them into a huge pile of debt a la South Africa 2010."
"The uniform canopy is dominated by broadleaf species, mainly kamahi (Weinmannia racemosa) and tawa (Beilschmiedia tawa), with some emergent podocarps (e.g., rimu and matai)."