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Meaning of "kowhai" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD KOWHAI

From Māori.
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PRONUNCIATION OF KOWHAI

kowhai  [ˈkəʊwaɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF KOWHAI

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preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Kowhai is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES KOWHAI MEAN IN ENGLISH?

kowhai

Kōwhai

Kōwhai are small, woody legume trees in the genus Sophora native to New Zealand. There are eight species, Sophora microphylla and S. tetraptera being the most recognised as large trees. Their natural habitat is beside streams and on the edges of forest, in lowland or mountain open areas. Kōwhai trees grow throughout the country and are a common feature in New Zealand gardens. Outside of New Zealand, kōwhai tend to be restricted to mild temperate maritime climates. The name kōwhai comes from the Māori word for yellow—a reference to the colour of the flower. It is also called kōhai in some areas. Usually the name is spelled as kōwhai. Despite having no official status as such, the blooms of the kōwhai are widely regarded as being New Zealand's national flower.

Definition of kowhai in the English dictionary

The definition of kowhai in the dictionary is a small leguminous tree, Sophora tetraptera, of New Zealand and Chile, with clusters of yellow flowers.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH KOWHAI


forwhy
fɔːˈwaɪ
kahawai
ˈkɑːhəˌwaɪ
Paraguay
ˈpærəˌɡwaɪ
RTTY
ˌɑːtiːtiːˈwaɪ
somewhy
ˈsʌmˌwaɪ
swy
swaɪ
tawai
ˈtɑːˌwaɪ
tawhai
ˈtɑːˌhwaɪ
Uruguay
ˈjʊərəˌɡwaɪ
why
waɪ
Wye
waɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE KOWHAI

koulibiaca
koumis
koumiss
koumyss
kouprey
koura
kouroi
kouros
Kourou
kousso
Kovno
Kovrov
Kowaiti
Koweit
Koweiti
kowhaiwhai
Kowloon
Kowloon Peninsula
kowtow
kowtower

WORDS THAT END LIKE KOWHAI

Bhai
Bohai
boohai
chai
Chinghai
kowhaiwhai
Muay Thai
Nanhai
Pohai
Qinghai
red kowhai
shanghai
Songhai
Thai
Tsinghai
up the boohai
Weihai

Synonyms and antonyms of kowhai in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «kowhai» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF KOWHAI

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The translations of kowhai from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «kowhai» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

kowhai
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

kowhai
570 millions of speakers

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kowhai
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

kowhai
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

kowhai
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Kowhai
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

kowhai
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

kowhai
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

kowhai
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kowhai
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

kowhai
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

キエンジュ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

kowhai
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kowhai
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

Kowhai
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

kowhai
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

कोहिहाई
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Kowhai
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

Kowhai
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

kowhai
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Kowhai
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

Kowhai
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

kowhai
15 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Afrikaans

kowhai
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

kowhai
10 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Norwegian

Kowhai
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of kowhai

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «KOWHAI»

The term «kowhai» is regularly used and occupies the 78.168 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «KOWHAI» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «kowhai» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «kowhai» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about kowhai

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «KOWHAI»

Discover the use of kowhai in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to kowhai and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Little Kowhai Tree
With eye-catching artwork by Wellington based artist, Henry Campbell, and witty design elements, this book is a textual feast with a very New Zealand identity.
‎2002
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New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research
Extracts of kowhai seeds and wood have been found to cause narcosis and mortality in bees. The seeds of kowhai are known to contain alkaloids, which are probably present throughout the plant. Extracts of the seeds are toxic to mice.
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Picking Up the Traces: The Making of a New Zealand Literary ...
38 Trixie Te Arama Menzies, ' Kowhai Gold - Skeleton or Scapegoat?', Landfall, 1 65 (March 1988), 20. 39 Eileen Duggan, A Maori Lullaby', in Kowhai Gold, p. 12. 40 Ivy Gibbs, 'The Thrush', in Kowhai Gold, pp. 1 50-5 1 . 41 O. N. Gillespie ...
Lawrence Jones, 2003
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New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics
A. B. CHALLINOR P.O. Box 146, Huntly, New Zealand ABSTRACT Dicoelites kowhaiensis Challinor n. sp. and Belemnopsis rarus Challinor n. sp. are described from the middle Kowhai Point Siltstone at Kawhia Harbour. D. kowhaiensis is ...
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New Zealand Journal of Zoology
I did not distinguish L. scoparium from L. ericoides, but the latter is far more common at Kowhai Bush, and dominates much of the canopy. Leptospermum has densely packed, sharp, waxy, heath-like leaves which rarely exceed 10mm long, ...
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New Zealand Journal of Zoology
METHODS (1) Laboratory rearing of S. aposema. Kowhai pods infested with S. aposema prepupae were collected during June/July 1984-87 from Lincoln, Canterbury and brought into the laboratory. Under ambient conditions in the laboratory ...
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Tectonically Active Landscapes
The intensity of soil-profile development on the aggradation event surface is one way of estimating how long the Kowhai River has been in its present course. Phil Tonkin and Peter Almond (2005 written communication) dug and augered soils ...
William B. Bull, 2011
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Kowhai and Orchid: Life on Two Islands
Robert Paterson has spent most of his life on two islands - that is the South Island on New Zealand (symbolised by the Kowhai) and Sulawesi, Indonesia (symbolised by the Orchid flower).
Robert Mackintosh Paterson, 2009
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New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research
Table 6 Mineral ratios in Low and High pasture. Soil name Kaipaki Te Kowhai Oruanui Waingaro Low High Low High Low High Low High K:(Ca + Mg) 0.9 2.1 1.3 2.0 1.3 2.4 1.5 2.7 (equivs) K:Na 10 15 9 12 32 53 14 27 (equivs) Ca:P 2.1 1.0  ...
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From Silence to Voice: The Rise of Maori Literature
The families of Kowhai Street stood at their gates or in their driveway, screaming and shrieking; ... The sounds were primitive, like the first cries of those who had never known or spoken words but whose urgency to communicate becomes a ...
Paola Della Valle, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «KOWHAI»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term kowhai is used in the context of the following news items.
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Volunteers welcome at Groom Creek planting
"A lot of grasses, toi toi and a whole range of other native plants including totara and kowhai." The group are involved in regular maintenance, ... «The Nelson Mail, Jul 15»
2
Racing: Jones keen on chances tonight
Three-year-old trotter Kowhai Monarch looked to have a future when winning for Jones last week but he says the step up to class one company ... «New Zealand Herald, Jul 15»
3
Hutt residents should stay tuned for more visits from bellbirds
Bellbirds are keen on plants such as eucalyptus and kowhai trees, and banksias. In the Upper Hutt area, bellbird populations tended to be ... «The Dominion Post, Jul 15»
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GPs admit to helping patients die, amid calls for law change
Congratulations to Tsui-Wen Chen, from Kowhai Clinic in Auckland, who wins a $100 voucher. This article appears in the 8 July issue of New ... «New Zealand Doctor Online, Jul 15»
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HELP FLOODS IN
"The couch ended up in Kowhai Park and most of our furniture was probably washed out to sea, I guess" said Ms Rickey. Despite her losses ... «Wanganui Chronicle, Jul 15»
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Opinion: Eden NZ would make a false environment when the real …
It is an exciting, dynamic place, where kowhai, cabbage trees, lancewoods, pittosporums, ribbonwood, hoheria and many other natives are ... «The Press, Jul 15»
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Onehunga foreshore restoration on track
... Hannah says about 30,000 native plants and 350 trees have now been planted, including pohutukawa, cabbage trees, totara and kowhai. «Stuff.co.nz, Jul 15»
8
Moturoa a surprise package in Central League women's competition
Moturoa's goal feast against Valeron started when Kowhai Hudson cooly slotted past the the Valeron keeper in just the third minute. Valeron ... «Taranaki Daily News, Jul 15»
9
Stars run camp for young dancers
This is the second year the camp has been held in Wanganui and Raukawa said there were plans to hold activities at Kowhai Park, ... «Wanganui Chronicle, Jul 15»
10
Water drained, but clean-up just beginning +video+photos
Excess water at Kowhai Park has now fully drained away but Wanganui District Council workers say it could take months to complete the ... «Wanganui Chronicle, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Kowhai [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/kowhai>. Jul 2021 ».
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