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n.

    1. Outrigger arm
    2. of a canoe, joining the float (ama) to the hull fore and aft. Kua tapeka aia i te kiato o te vaka. He lashed on the canoe’s outrigger arms.
    3. A rank in Maori society: a member of an ariki, rangatira or mataiapo family living on their land; outsiders may sometimes be ranked as kiato. Kua akamanaia aia ei kiato. He was honoured with the title of kiato. (See takiato.) [Pn. *kiato.]

      Related to kiato