Meaning of totara in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtəʊt(ə)rə/


  • A large New Zealand coniferous tree which yields useful timber.

    Podocarpus totara, family Podocarpaceae

    ‘The lush branches of the totara, matai and kahikatea trees blocked out all remaining light and I was left alone in a dark, unfamiliar forest.’
    • ‘Trees in the bush include kahikitea, rimu, thin-barked totara, matai and miro.’
    • ‘Growing around them were matai, totara and rimu trees, home to native pigeons, tui, bellbirds, and fantails.’
    • ‘The forest on the island is southern New Zealand podocarp mix with rimu, southern rata, kamahi, totara and miro.’
    • ‘The parakeets strip the bark off the rimu and the totara to get at the juice.’


Mid 19th century from Maori tótara.