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kākāriki Play

1. (verb) to be green (in colour).

I te ngutu o te awa o Hamurana ka tau tō mātou tima, ka haere mā uta, ka mātakitaki ki te āhua o tēnā awa, purata tonu, kākāriki ana (TP 1/12/1901:10). / At the mouth of the Hamurana stream our steamer docked and we went inland, gazing at the appearance of that stream, which was quite clear and green.


2. (adjective) be green (in colour).

He kākāriki tō tētahi, he kākāriki-mā tō tētahi (HP 1991:249). / That of one was green, that of another was pale green.


3. (noun) yellow-crowned parakeet, Cyanoramphus auriceps, red-crowned parakeet, Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae - small green parrots with long tails.

I nāianei kua kore te manu, kua mate, kua ngaro te kākā me te kākāriki (TWMNT 22/9/1874:239). / Now the birds are no more, they've died and the kākā and kākāriki have disappeared.
(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 13, 163;)


4. (noun) green tree gecko and jewelled gecko, Naultinus spp. - green geckos of various species found in low, dense shrubbery.


5. (noun) green (colour).

He harakeke iraira, he mumura te kākāriki o ngā whā, he kōwhai ngā tāekaeka, he karaka ngā tapa me te tuaka, he mā, he mōhinuhinu te muka o tēnei harakeke (PK 2008:603). / A variegated flax, with bright green leaves, yellow stripes, orange edges and midrib, while the fiber of this flax is white and shiny.


6. (noun) rock melon, cantaloupe.

He pēnā anō ngā tōhuka, ngā kānga, ngā pāpapa, ngā merengi, ngā kākāriki, ngā taro me ngā rīwai (HP 1991:14). / The sugar cane, maize, kamokamo, melons, rock melons, taro and potatoes were exactly the same.


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