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tāpapa Play

1. (verb) to lie flat, face down, hang right out, brood, sit on (of a bird).

I kitea te tūpāpaku e tūturi ana, e whārōrō ana, e tū ana, engari e tāpapa ana te nuinga, pango tonu anō i pania ki te tā, ko ngā hōia e mau tonu ana ki ngā pū (TP 1/6/1902:2). / The corpses were seen kneeling, stretched out, or standing, but the majority were lying face down and quite black covered with tar and the soldiers were still holding on to their guns.

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2. (stative) be prone.

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3. (noun) seed bed for kūmara plants.

Ko te mea tuatahi, he keri, he mahi hoki i te tāpapa (TWK 5:4). / The first thing to do is digging and making the seed bed.

tāpāpā Play

1. (verb) (-ngia,-tia) to pulverise (soil).

I te mea ka mahia te māra tautāne ... ka oti te pāhika, muri iho ka tāpāpātia (W 1971:147). / Because the special kūmara garden was being prepared ... the weeds were cleared and after that the soil was pulverised.

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