Tao (spear)

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Tao is a word in Polynesian languages and can have a number of different meanings.

In Samoan and Māori, a tao is a long traditional wooden spear.[1]

The word also has another meaning in the Samoan language; tao also means 'to bake' or 'roast' in a traditional oven made of hot rocks above ground.[1]


  1. ^ a b Pratt, George (1984) [1893]. A Grammar and Dictionary of the Samoan Language, with English and Samoan vocabulary (3rd and revised ed.). Papakura, New Zealand: R. McMillan. ISBN 0-908712-09-X. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 

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