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Meaning of "moai" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD MOAI

From Rapanui (the Polynesian language of Easter Island), literally: statue, figurine.
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PRONUNCIATION OF MOAI

moai  [ˈməʊaɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF MOAI

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Moai 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 MOAI MEAN IN ENGLISH?

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Moai

Moai i/ˈmoʊ.aɪ/, or mo‘ai, are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock on the Chilean Polynesian island of Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500. Nearly half are still at Rano Raraku, the main moai quarry, but hundreds were transported from there and set on stone platforms called ahu around the island's perimeter. Almost all moai have overly large heads three-eighths the size of the whole statue. The moai are chiefly the living faces of deified ancestors. The statues still gazed inland across their clan lands when Europeans first visited the island, but most were cast down during later conflicts between clans. The production and transportation of the 887 statues are considered remarkable creative and physical feats. The tallest moai erected, called Paro, was almost 10 metres high and weighed 82 tons; the heaviest erected was a shorter but squatter moai at Ahu Tongariki, weighing 86 tons; and one unfinished sculpture, if completed, would have been approximately 21 metres tall with a weight of about 270 tons. The islanders themselves tore down the standing moai after their civilization broke down.

Definition of moai in the English dictionary

The definition of moai in the dictionary is any of the gigantic carved stone figures found on Easter Island.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE MOAI

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Mo.
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moa hunter
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Moabite
moan
moaner
moanful
moanfully
moaning
moaningly
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moated
moatlike
mob
mob boss

WORDS THAT END LIKE MOAI

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Bhai
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chai
Chennai
Chiang Mai
Dubai
jai
kai
Madurai
Mumbai
rai
sai
samurai
shanghai
Sinai
Tai
Thai
wai
Weihai

Synonyms and antonyms of moai in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «moai» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF MOAI

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

Translator English - Chinese

摩艾
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

moai
570 millions of speakers

English

moai
510 millions of speakers

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Moai
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

مواي
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

моаи
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

moai
270 millions of speakers

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মোআই
260 millions of speakers

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moai
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Moai
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Moai
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

モアイ
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Translator English - Korean

모아
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Moai
85 millions of speakers
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Moai
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மோய்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मोई
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Translator English - Turkish

Moai
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

moai
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

moai
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Translator English - Ukrainian

моаї
40 millions of speakers

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Ministerului Administrației și Internelor
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Translator English - Greek

Μοάι
15 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Afrikaans

Moai
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Translator English - Swedish

moai
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Translator English - Norwegian

Moai
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Trends of use of moai

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «MOAI»

The term «moai» is regularly used and occupies the 73.973 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «MOAI» OVER TIME

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

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «MOAI»

Discover the use of moai in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to moai and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Developing Mobile Games with Moai SDK
10. Creating a HUD; The basics; Left or right, that's the question; Updating information; Summary; 11.
Francisco Tufró, 2013
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The Moai Murders
Antiques dealer Lara McClintoch leaves Toronto to head to Easter Island, where she comes face to face with murder as the giant Moai stone carvings bring together a delegation of experts--as well as a killer with a taste for revenge.
Lyn Hamilton, 2006
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Gardner's Art through the Ages: Non-Western Perspectives
12-13 Row of moai on a stone platform, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Polynesia, 10th to 12th centuries. Volcanic tuff and red scoria. The moai of Easter Island are monoliths as much as 40 feet tall. Most scholars believe they portray ancestral ...
Fred Kleiner, 2009
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Chile and Easter Island
a LowDowN oN raPa NuI arcHaEoLoGIcaL sItEs Although the giant moai are the most pervasive image of Rapa Nui, islanders created several other types of stonework, most notably the large ahu (ceremonial platform) on which the moai were ...
‎2010
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Chile: The Bradt Travel Guide
Only two moai over 10m in length were ever moved from here, and the average of those outside Rano Raraku is 4m and 12.5 tonnes. It's still a mystery how they were moved - presumably either horizontally on rollers, or upright with a 'walking'  ...
Tim Burford, 2005
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Easter Island: Giant Stone Statues Tell of a Rich and Tragic ...
The earliest-known statue mounted on an ahu is the sixteen-foot-tall moai located just north of Tahai. It was made in the twelfth century. The last moai to be mounted on a platform is at Hanga Kioe and was placed there about 1650. Sizes of ...
‎2004
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Learn Lua for iOS Game Development
In this chapter, we consider another framework: Moai. Among the options for developing cross-platform mobile applications, Moai is the tool for professional game developers. It is an open source platform that provides C++ classes wrapped in ...
Jayant Varma, 2012
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South Pacific
South Coast Although many of the enigmatic statues (moai) are concentrated at moss-covered Rano Raraku (the statue quarry), they are found all around the island. Ninety-two important archaeological sites have been identified along the ...
David Stanley, 2004
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Travels with Mensans
It is these unfinished moai standing in their trenches, now covered in earth, that form the heads. (It is estimated that two teams, working in shifts, could carve a mediumsized moai in 12-15 months. This work must have involved considerable  ...
Neil Matthews, Barry Needoff, 2007
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Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our ...
Even on our preliminary reconnaissance trip I found evidence that the earliest moai may have differed materially from the later moai. The earliest moai appearto havebeen more finely worked from hard basalts as compared tothe volcanic tuffs  ...
Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D., 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «MOAI»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term moai is used in the context of the following news items.
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A labor of lava
... a moai statue, palm trees and waterfalls bathed in a radiant sea of black light-fueled artwork depicting red-flowing lava streams, lush jungles, ... «Portland Tribune, Jul 15»
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Easter Island Head Statues Turn Out To Be Not Just Heads
Since 2012, The Easter Island Statue Project have been unearthing the hidden bodies locally known as "moai" as part of their mission to ... «Food World News, Jul 15»
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Capturing the spirit of the world's most iconic statues
Nor will you see the Moai heads of Easter Island. What you will find is an array of less familiar outsize statues, equally – if not more – impressive ... «British Journal of Photography, Jul 15»
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Walking moai
KCMR in Mason City hosted a walking moai Friday afternoon. The gathering was open to the public. Organizers like Angela Determan, ... «KIMT 3, Jul 15»
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TRAVELING OFF THE GRID
It is famous for its giant moai statues and its inward-looking culture. Easter Island is the world's most isolated populated island. Despite its ... «Tourism Review, Jul 15»
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How to live long and prosper
In Okinawa, the practice of 'moai' involves a formalised small social network of committed, lifelong friends who meet regularly – something ... «Big Issue, Jul 15»
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Do the Easter Island heads really have bodies?
Then in 2010 they were able to start excavating the moai for the first time. Pictures of the excavation began to surface back in 2012 on the ... «Examiner.com, Jul 15»
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The world's most amazing craters
Climb to the top of the volcano and you get a great view of the crater. The Rapa Nui people carved the famous Easter Island moai statues out of ... «Fox News, Jul 15»
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How three SoCal beach cities help clear the path for healthful choices
Beach community residents can join a moai, or informal support group that is based on a tradition in Okinawa, Japan. There can be walking ... «Los Angeles Times, Jul 15»
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Richard Spande, 1944-2015
He enjoyed participating in Readers' Theater in the elementary schools and was a member of his Blue Zones' neighborhood sitting moai. «Albert Lea Tribune, Jul 15»

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