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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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

Maori.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Maori tiki. (Wiktionary)

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