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n. Banana (plant and fruit). Te tanu nei au i teia ngai ki te meika. Im planting this plot with bananas; tetai kaui meika para, a bunch of ripe bananas. Some varieties and distinguishing terms (the initial meika may be omitted): meika ai (perhaps Tah.); meika amoa, a dwarf variety; meika amoa enua; meika nga tama; meika kaivao; meika kiri mangio; meika kopu tea; meika initia, same as meika Viti; meika maori, a large indigenous variety; meika mario; meika mario muramura; meika mario Tiki (Dick’s mario banana), a fat stubby banana, ladyfingers, cf. meika mario Viti and meika initia; meika mario moto (ripened off by pummelling); mario pivai kura; meika potopoto; meika rokiva or meika rokua, pale-skinned and only eaten cooked, resembles meika tarua raparapa; meika tara puakanio or meika tara puakatoro; meika tarua; meika tarua raparapa; meika tapua; meika turita; meika unauna. [Np. *maika.]

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