Etymology: Recorded by w:Samuel Wallis, Samuel Wallis on encountering the island in 1767. But w:Johann Forster, Johann Forster and w:Georg Forster, Georg Forster on w:Captain Cook, Captain Cook's second voyage to the island in 1773 were accomplished comparative linguists and realized the OTahitian, O was an article in the Tahitian language and not properly part of the name.
(Reference: Nicholas Thomas, Discoveries: The Voyages of Captain Cook, Penguin, 2003, ISBN 0-713-9957-2, page 187.)
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