- (archaic) a Polynesian sacred altar or enclosure
- 2004: The path ended down by the sea at a crumbling "ingot" of black coral, twenty yards in length & in height two men. "A , this is called," Mr Wagstaff informed me. "All over the South Seas you see "em, I"m told." " David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
- the courtyard of a Maori wharenui or meeting-house and the buildings around it
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