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Piripiri or biddy-bid

Piripiri or biddy-bid

The Māori name for Acaena microphylla is piripiri – spelt as biddy-bid by Europeans, based on what they heard. The plant’s seeds spread by sticking to clothes, fur and feathers.

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Dianne Bardsley, 'Rural language - Māori influences', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 January 2023)

Story by Dianne Bardsley, published 24 Nov 2008