totara

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n totara valuable timber tree of New Zealand yielding hard reddish wood used for furniture and bridges and wharves
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Totara A coniferous tree (Podocarpus totara), next to the kauri the most valuable timber tree of New Zealand. Its hard reddish wood is used for furniture and building, esp. in wharves, bridges, etc. Also mahogany pine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n totara A coniferous tree, Podocarpus Totara, the most valuable timber-tree of New Zealand. It grows 60 or 70 feet high, with a diameter of from 4 to 6 feet The wood is of a reddish color, close, straight, fine, and even in grain, moderately hard and strong. It is used both for veneers, furniture, and cabinet-work, and for building, and is invaluable for piles of marine wharves, bridges, etc., being durable in the ground or under water, and resistiug a long time the attacks of the teredo. It was used by the natives to make their smaller canoes, and the bark served for roofing. Also mahogany-pine.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Maori

Usage

In literature:

The framework was of the durable totara-wood, the lining of reeds, the outside of dried rushes.
"The Long White Cloud" by William Pember Reeves
He went up the Tamar, and at Totara slew five hundred men, and baked and ate three hundred of them.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
The totara matai were among the largest and most beautiful.
"Maori and Settler" by G. A. Henty
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In news:

Police carried out a painstaking scene examination of Totara North's Wairakau Stream Track.
Sir Howard Morrison ' totara ' of entertainment.
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