A kind of rat, the cry of which is supposed to be an evil omen to those who hear it. The cry resembles in sound the word "Kato! Kato!"
- Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 44.
This article incorporates text from Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary (1891) by Edward Tregear, which is in the public domain.