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korowai

1. (noun) cloak ornamented with black twisted tags or thrums - the illustration is of the korowai, Te Whiringa Rongomaiwhiti, woven by Gloria Taituha of Ngāti Maniapoto. The feathers of the korowai are of pūkeko (dark blue) and kererū (white).

Ki te hunga ki tōna whakaaro e tika ana, makere noa ana i a ia te patu pounamu, te kete, te tāniko, te korowai, te tokotoko tae noa ki tana mako tautau, tēnei rā tētahi o āna tino taonga (TTR 1998:208). / He gave to visitors he thought worthy, greenstone clubs, flax baskets, tāniko weaving, korowai cloaks, walking sticks and even one of his priceless shark's-tooth ear pendants.

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2. (noun) cloak - in modern Māori this is sometimes used as a general term for cloaks made of muka (New Zealand flax fibre).

He whero ngā huruhuru o te taha whakararo o ngā parirau o te kākā. Ka rangaa he korowai mō te tāngata whakahirahira i ēnei huruhuru (Te Ara 2014). / The feathers under the wings of kākā are red. These feathers were woven into cloaks for important people.

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patapata

1. (verb) to drip, drop (as of rain).

Ka patapata iho taku whakaakoranga ānō he ua, ka māturuturu iho taku kupu ānō he tōmairangi, me te ua pūnehunehu ki runga i te tipu hou (TPH 30/1/1900:1). / My teaching drops like rain, my words trickle forth like dew and the misty rain on new shoots.

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2. (modifier) dripping (of rain, etc.), falling in drops.

E ua patapata nunui, ka mate au (NM 1928:52). / If it rains in large drops, I will perish.

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3. (noun) thrum, tassel (of a korowai cloak).


4. (noun) tentacle (of a cuttlefish, etc.).

Ko ngā kawekawe, arā ko ngā patapata, ko ngā ngongotua, ka rere ērā ki te huka kōpuru moana ki reira huna ai i a rātau (JPS 1927:274). / The tentacles escaped to the ocean foam where they concealed themselves.

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hukahuka

1. (verb) (-ina) to foam, froth.


2. (verb) to be hanging in shreds.

Ko ō rātou kākahu i pakaru katoa, hukahuka ana tērā; me ngā pūtu i ngā waewae, i pākarukaru rawa, riro rawa atu ētahi; ko ngā tinana i wera kino (TWMNT 30/8/1879:523). / Their clothes were all in tatters, hanging in shreds; the boots on their feet were falling to pieces while some were long gone; and their bodies were badly burnt.

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3. (noun) foam, froth.

I whānau anō au i te taha o te ākau, ā, i whiua atu au e koe ki te hukahuka o te tai, ā, he mea takai ahau e koe ki roto ki tōu tikitiki (NM 1928:6). / I was indeed born beside the coast and you threw me into the foam of the sea and you wrapped me in your topknot.

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4. (noun) thrum, tassel of two strands (e.g. of a korowai cloak), fringe.

Ko ngā hukahuka o ngā taha o te kākahu he pango (TWMNT 4/4/1876:84). / The tassels on the sides of the cloak were black.

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5. (noun) lock of hair.

Ko te pou rāhui te tohu o te rāhui, he mea pani ki te whero. Hei ētahi wā ka whakairia he kākahu, he hukahuka, he rarauhe rānei hei tohu i te rāhui (Te Ara 2013). / A rāhui was often indicated by a post painted red. Sometimes clothing, a lock of hair, or bracken fern might be hung to signal a rāhui.

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6. (noun) second palisade of a .

Ko te hukahuka tētahi o ngā takitaki e tū ana i waenganui i te awhikiri me te pekerangi (PK 2008:149). / The second palisade is one of the palisades standing between the inner and outer palisades.

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horihori

1. (noun) cloak with black twisted strings here and there like a korowai.

Ka tīkina atu tōna kahu horihori. He kārure ngā hukahuka o te horihori. Ka hoatu te ahi ki te kākahu, ka tahutahuna kia pūareare. (TTR 1990:237). / He took his cloak, a horihori with twisted black strings, and burned holes in it.

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ruawai

1. (noun) variety of harakeke from Te Tai Rāwhiti. Tall, rather bendy leaves. Bright, light blue-green blades. Silver-blue, powdery underside. Black margin and keel. Orange keel and black margin on young leaf. Silver-purple shadings at base of plant. Prized for its long, white silky fibres of superior quality. Ideal for kaitaka, korowai and muka kete. A good raranga flax.

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