1. (particle) Prefix used with numbers from one to nine to mean 'multiplied by 10', especially if followed by takitahi (e.g. hokowhā takitahi = 40). However, if tōpū is added to the number instead of takitahi it doubles the number (e.g. hokowhā tōpū = 80). Often tōpū is omitted.
(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 160;)
Ka hokowhitu ngā pīhopa nunui kua huri ki te Katorika (TP 5/1911:11). / A hundred and forty senior bishops have converted to Catholicism.
Ka haere mai ngā rangatira o Ngā Puhi me Ngāti Whātua, ka tae mai ki Kāwhia, ka uru a Te Rauparaha, me Te Rako, me Te Pēhi, me ērā atu rangatira o Ngāti Toa, hokowhitu tōpū rātou. Ko Ngā Puhi kotahi rau tōpū (TP 3/1913:4). / When the chiefs of Ngā Puhi and Ngāti Whātua came and arrived at Kāwhia, Te Rauparaha, Te Rako, Te Pēhi and those other chiefs of Ngāti Toa joined them. They were a hundred and forty and Ngā Puhi were two hundred.
See also hokowhitu