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pōkai

1. (verb) (-a,-hia,-tia) to roll up, fold, assemble, wind into a ball, coil, wind around, wrap, wrap up.

Ka titiro atu ki a Taharākau e pōkai ana i tōna kākahu ki roto o te kaikaha tī (TP 9/1908:2). / He observed Taharākau rolling up his cloak in the wrap.

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2. (verb) (-hia,-tia) travel about.

Ko ia tonu tētahi o ngā rangatira o te ope taua a Ngā Puhi i pōkai roa i Te Ika-a-Māui i ngā tau 1819 ki 1820 (TTR 1990:64). / He was one of the leaders of Ngā Puhi's war party that travelled the length of the North Island in 1819 and 1820.

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3. (noun) flock (of birds).

Takoto mai, e koro, kia tangihia koe e ō iwi. Auē! Ka mau te punga here o te waka nei. Ka ngaro koe, te kaihautū, te kākākura o roto i te pōkai, te puhi o Aotearoa, te kura whakahirahira o Te Waipounamu, te mauri o te whenua, te mauri o te tangata, haere! Haere rā! (TP 7/1906:9) / Lie in state, sir, to be wept over by your people. Oh, dear! The anchor of this canoe is taken. You are gone, the fugleman, the leader of the flock, the adored one of the North Island, the important treasure of the South Island, the life force of the land and the people. Depart! Farewell!

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4. (noun) ball (of string), spool, swarm (of flies).


5. (noun) hank (of fibre), skein.


6. (noun) coil.

pōkai waea

1. (loan) (noun) solenoid.

pōkai tātea

1. (noun) epididymis.

He pū pōkai te pōkai tātea kei te takiwā o te whitu mita te roa, e hono ana i ngā raho me te ara tātea (RP 2009:383). / The epididymis is a coiled duct in the vicinity of seven mitres long joining the testes and the sperm tube.

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tangata takapau pōkai

1. (noun) nomad, itinerant, traveller, drifter, wanderer.

Kāore pea e nui ngā rawa a te tangata takapau pōkai - ko tana takapau, ko ōna pūweru, he kai iti nei, koinā katoa (HJ 2015:19). / A nomad doesn't have a lot of possessions - his bedding, clothes and a little food, that's all.

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Heke Pōkai, Hōne Wiremu

1. (personal name) (?-1850) Ngā Puhi; war leader famous for cutting down the flagpole at Kororāreka because chiefly authority had been subservient to the British Crown.

(Te Māhuri Study Guide (Ed. 1): 68;)

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