[ mˈata͡ɪ], [ mˈataɪ], [ m_ˈa_t_aɪ]
Related words: matai tree, matai board, matai forest, matai tree facts, tamanu oil
How to use "Matai" in context?
The word "matai" has several meanings throughout Polynesia. "Matai" may be used to refer to a high-ranking male elder, such as in Tonga where the term is used to address male elders in the tribal system. Matai can also refer to a chieftain, especially in the kingdoms of Samoa and Tahiti. In some islands, "matai" is also a title given to a man considered to have authority within his village or group. In the Marquesas Islands, a matai is a war leader.
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