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pūtātara Play

1. (noun) knobbed triton, Charonia lampas rubicunda - a subspecies of very large sea snail the shell of which is used for conch shell trumpets.

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2. (noun) ostrich foot snail, Struthiolaria papulosa - a spindle-shaped, univalve mollusc common near low tide just beneath the surface on sand or tidal flats on open coasts. The shoulder of the shell spiral is knobbly and the heavy lip is white.

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3. (noun) conch shell trumpet with an attached short, wooden mouthpiece.

Ko te pūtātara he taonga pūoro he mea hanga i te anga wahanui nō te moana. Ka hono he waha ki te pito koikoi o te anga. Arā atu anō ētahi ingoa mō tēnei taonga: he potipoti, he pūmoana (TWK 41:12). / A pūtātara is a musical instrument made from the conch shell of the ocean. A mouthpiece is attached to the sharp end of the shell. There are other names for this instrument: 'potipoti' and 'pūmoana'.
(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 164; Te Māhuri Study Guide (Ed. 1): 75;)

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4. (noun) trumpet - best distinguished from the traditional instrument by adding Pākehā.

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