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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Mythology A male figure in Polynesian myth, sometimes identified as the first man.
  • n. A wooden or stone image of a Polynesian god.
  • n. A Maori figurine representing an ancestor, often intricately carved from greenstone and worn about the neck as a talisman.

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  • n. Carved talisman in humanoid form, common to the cultures of the south Pacific Ocean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Polynesian deity, generally regarded as the creator of man.
  • n. [lowercase] A carved image or representation of the god Tiki, especially one of the large carved wooden pillars set up at the tombs of chiefs and infltiential men.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Maori.

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From Maori tiki.

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