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kōkōwai Play

1. (stative) be dark red, crimson, ruby, red-brown, auburn.

Kitea nuitia ai te kōkōwai, te pango me te mā i ngā kōwhaiwhai (PK 2008:294). / Red-brown, black and white are seen commonly in painted rafter patterns.

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2. (noun) red ochre.

I pania te kanohi ki te ngārahu, ki te kōkōwai rānei (M 2004:62). / The face was smeared with charcoal or red ochre.

See also hōrū, hōrua

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