n. pl. Maori or Mao·ris
1. A member of a people of New Zealand, of Polynesian-Melanesian ancestry.
2. The Austronesian language of the Maori.
Of or relating to the Maori or their language or culture.
[Maori Māori, from māori, ordinary people.]
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