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kāo

1. (interjection) no - used only as a negative answer to a question. It is a shortened form of kāore.

(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 15, 110;)

Ka taea e te kāmera te rere? Kāo. / Can a camel fly? No.

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kao

1. (noun) dried kūmara.

(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 42;)

He kōrero tēnei mō te mahi tuatahi mō te mahi kao, me waruwaru ngā kūmara (TAH 1958 25:45). / The first thing to do in making kao (preserved kūmara) is to scrape the skins off the kūmara.

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kao

1. (stative) be assembled, collected together.

Kāti, inā kē te nui o te mahi i kao i a ia me te rawe o tana tuhi (TTR 1996:136). / Well, she produced a vast amount of material written in her elegant handwriting.

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whā-

1. (particle) to cause something to happen - prefixed to some words as a shortened form of whaka-. In some cases there is no difference in meaning between the two forms, e.g. whākao and whakakao (to collect). In other cases the two forms have different meanings, e.g. whāngongo (to administer food to someone) and whakangongo (to neglect, pay no attention).

Kua whāngote te wahine i tana pēpi. / The woman is breastfeeding her baby.

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