The name of an edible root formerly cultivated, said to be a kind of taro. This root was held very sacred, and was only used for tapu purposes. It was an atua or deity, and removed itself from under the hand of a person who tried to take it for cooking purposes.



  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 573.

This article incorporates text from Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary (1891) by Edward Tregear, which is in the public domain.