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pōkōtiwha

1. (interjection) a very strong curse, an insulting swear word, an expression of anger or a curse expressing a lack of desire to do something. The strength of the word depends on the ferocity of the delivery by the speaker.

(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 106; Te Pihinga Audio Tapes/CDs (Ed. 2): exercise 40;)

I te titiro tonu mai te pōkōtiwha ki a au! / The bugger was still looking at me!

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pokotiwha

1. (noun) Fiordland crested penguin, tawaki, Eudyptes pachyrhynchus - a rare penguin with dark bluish-grey upperparts, and a broad yellow eyebrow stripe that splays out and droops down the neck.

Tapaina ai te hoiho mō tana tangi, te pokotiwha mō tōna koukou kōwhai me ōna tukemata tāhei, ko te kororā mō tana tangi (Te Ara 2012). / The yellow-eyed penguin was named for its call, the Fiordland crested penguin for its yellow crest and eyebrow stripes and the blue penguin for its call.

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pokotiwha

1. (interjection) a very strong curse, an insulting swear word, an expression of anger or a curse expressing a lack of desire to do something. The strength of the word depends on the ferocity of the delivery by the speaker.

Pokotiwha ana ngā poaka a te kai hamuti rā. Tīkina taku pū! (HKK 1999:93). / Damn the pigs of that bugger. Fetch my gun!

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