Definition of pingao in English:

pingao

(also pingau)

Pronunciation /ˈpiːŋ(ɡ)aʊ/ /ˈpɪŋ(ɡ)aʊ/

noun

New Zealand
  • A New Zealand sedge, Desmoschoenus spiralis, which has golden-brown foliage and long rhizomes that help to stabilize sand dunes.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Joseph Hooker (1817–1911), botanist. From Maori pīngao.