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kakano

1. (noun) colour.

He kaho, he pango ngā kakano o te piupiu (PK 2008:197). / The colours of a piupiu are off-white and black.

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2. (noun) grain (in wood, greenstone, etc.).

He tāekaeka te kakano o te tōtōweka (PK 2008:197). / The grain of tōtōweka greenstone is streaky.

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3. (noun) texture.

He tini ngā momo kahu o te Māori, me te rerekē anō o te kakano o tēnā, o tēnā. Ko ētahi he mārō, he kaitara, ko ētahi ia he newanewa (HJ 2012:282). / There are many types of garments of the Māori, and the texture of each is distinctive. Some are stiff and rough, but others are soft.

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4. (noun) texture (music).

Ko te kakano puoro te āhua o te kōtuitui i ngā reo o roto i tētahi puoro, ahakoa reo tangata, reo taonga puoro rānei, pēnā he apiapi te kakano, he māmā rānei (RTP 2015:59). / Musical texture is the way the sounds are combined, whether they be human voices or the sounds of instruments. The texture could be dense or sparse (RTP 2015:59).

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kākano

1. (noun) seed, kernel, pip, berry, grain.

Ki te mea ka taka te kākano ki te wāhi e tika ana ka tinaku, ā, ka pihi ake he tipu hou. / If a seed falls in the right place it will germinate and a new seedling will sprout.

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2. (noun) ova, ovum, egg cell.

Ko te pūkākano ngā pū e rua e kawea ai ngā kākano mai i te wharekano ki te kōpū o te wahine i te wā o te tuku kākano (RP 2009:383). / The fallopian tubes are the tubes whereby the ova are conveyed from the ovary to the woman's uterus at the time of ovulation.

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3. (noun) descent, stock, ancestry, lineage, pedigree.

E kore e hekeheke, he kākano rangatira (W 1971:94). / A chiefly lineage will not disappear. (A whakataukī referring to the mana of a chief's ancestors being passed down through the generations, usually producing effective leadership.)
Koia a Ouenuku i mea atu ai ki a ia, "E tama, e kore e tika kia haere koe ki te whare o tō tuakana, ehara hoki koe i te tino tangata." I puta ai taua kupu nei, 'tino tangata', arā i te kākano ariki, he mea ki te whaea o Ruatapu, i mau herehere a ia i roto i te pakanga (WIII 1889:14). / That's why Ouenuku said to him, "Son, it will not be right for you to go to your older brother's house because you are not a person of status." That statement 'a person of status' was expressed and that is the chiefly lineage and refers to Ruatapu's mother who was taken captive in battle.

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pū kākano

1. (noun) cereal.

kākano rua

1. (modifier) bicultural.

Nā te hauora me te momoho o te haere o tōna nei ao kākano rua, i ū ai tana whakapono, arā, ka taea e te Māori te noho i roto i te ao Pākehā (TTR 1994:10). / Because of the vigour and success of his bicultural lifestyle he firmly believed that Māori could succeed in Pākehā society.

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kākano maha

1. (stative) be multicultural.

ruinga kākano

1. (noun) seed dispersal.

kākano whakauru

1. (modifier) variegated.

Kei kākahuria e koe te mea kākano whakauru, arā te huruhuru hipi i whakaurua nei ki te rīnena (PT Tiuteronomi 22:11). / Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.

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2. (noun) person belonging to two tribes.

Ka mahi te kākano whakauru (W 1971:94). / The person of two tribes is busy (NP 2001:166).

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tipu whai kākano

1. (noun) seedbearing plants.

He tipu whai kākano ngā tipu whaipua katoa. / All flowering plants are seed-bearing plants.

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parāoa pū kākano

1. (noun) whole grain bread.

tipu kākano-kore

1. (noun) non-seed-bearing plant.

He tipu kākano-kore te rimurimu, te mamaku, te rarauwhe me ngā pūkohu. / Seaweed, black tree ferns, bracken fern and mosses are non-seed-bearing plants.

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