PROTO-POLYNESIAN ETYMOLOGIES
Kōhia [Māori]
Passiflora tetranda, "NZ Passionfruit " (Passifloraceae).
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ALTERNATIVE NAME: Kohekohe
Possibly from PROTO CENTRAL EASTERN PACIFIC *kofekofe, "Sea daisy", Melanthera biflora (Asteraceae)
through PROTO POLYNESIAN *kofekofe, Melanthera biflora.

Proto Central Eastern Pacific: *Kofekofe
POSSIBLE REFLEXES IN SOME POLYNESIAN AND OTHER AUSTRONESIAN LANGUAGES:
Fijian: Kovekove (Melanthera biflora, "Sea daisy", Asteraceae)
Tikopian: Kohekohe (Melanthera biflora, "Sea daisy", Asteraceae)
Maori: Kohekohe (Passiflora tetranda, "Kōhia, NZ Passionfruit", Asteraceae)

Tapa-Samoa
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Tapa-Samoa
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ADDITIONAL ALTERNATIVE MĀORI NAMES
Kāhia; Kaimanu; Kūpapa; Pōhue, Pōhuehue, Pōpōhue; Aka, Akakaikū, Akakaikūkū, Akakōhia, Akakūkū, Akatororaro (Passiflora tetranda)

RELATED WORDS
Kohe, Kohekohe (Disoxylum spectabile, Meliaceae).


Watch this space! This is a page still very much under construction, but which contains the essential linguistic and botanical information, and to which both text and pictures will be added progressively as soon as time permits. See the "News" for February 2016 for more information.

The name kōhia appears to have originated in Aotearoa. However, the alternative names kohe and kohekohe may possibly be connected with the Tikopian and Fijian words for a the tropical sea daisy, Melanthera biflora, which, like the kōhia (illustrated on the left), has bright yellow flowers.

Sunset-Tiapapata
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Kauri+Text
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Further information : (See Bibliography; there is also information about Passiflora tetranda on the NZPCN web site; the Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants database has a fact sheet about Melanthera biflora.)
Photographs: (Photograph in text (c) Wayne Bennett, NZPCN. More to come)

Te Mära Reo, c/o Benton Family Trust, "Tumanako", RD 1, Taupiri, Waikato 3791, Aotearoa / New Zealand. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand License