Main definitions of kina in English

: kina1kina2

kina1

nounplural noun kina

  • The basic monetary unit of Papua New Guinea, equal to 100 toea.

    ‘The kina plunged to 29.5 US cents in early January, the lowest level in the past two years and close to its all-time low.’
    • ‘This month the local currency, the kina, fell to a two-year low of 29 US cents.’
    • ‘As part of his budget cuts, the government is expected to remove a 150 million kina educational subsidy that lowered school fees, introduced by the Morauta government in a last-ditch effort to shore up its electoral chances.’
    • ‘The PNG Teachers Association has threatened legal action against the Electoral Commission if it does not return the 600,000 kina it ‘borrowed’.’
    • ‘Many households in rural areas have cash incomes as low as 50 kina a year.’

Pronunciation

kina

/ˈkēnə/ /ˈkinə/

Origin

Papuan.

Main definitions of kina in English

: kina1kina2

kina2

nounplural noun kina

  • An edible sea urchin occurring on New Zealand coasts.

    Evechinus chloroticus, class Echinoidea

Pronunciation

kina

/ˈkēnə/ /ˈkinə/

Origin

Maori.