1. (noun) daylight, world of light - a word usually coupled with ao mārama.
Ki te Māori, koia nei te ia o ngā pūrākau mō te orokohanga o te ao, arā, te putanga i te pō ki te whaiao, ki Te Ao Mārama (Te Ara 2013). / To the Māori this is nub of creation stories, that is the emergence from darkness to the world of light, Te Ao Mārama.
See also wheiao