Meaning of ngaio in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnʌɪəʊ/

nounplural noun ngaios

  • A small New Zealand tree with edible fruit and light white timber.

    Myoporum laetum, family Myoporaceae

    ‘The canopy of foliage comes from the whiteywood, and the ngaio.’
    • ‘I'm sitting in the shade of a battered old ngaio tree that is toughing it out on the rocks above Otanerito beach.’
    • ‘Plants from last year that are coming on are more kowhai, totora, wineberry, manuka and ngaios.’
    • ‘This is a garden that truly makes the most of its cliff top site while providing a host of sheltered areas within the shelter of aged ngaios and other natives.’
    • ‘Since then we have planted cabbage trees, flaxes, saltmarsh ribbonwoods, kowhais, ngaios, mahoes, matais, podocarps, kahikateas, manukas, wineberries, toitois and olearias in their thousands.’
    • ‘We walk up the narrow path through a rockery; the plants are mostly succulents, partially shaded by pepper trees, tamarisks, ngaios.’


Mid 19th century from Maori.