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kekē

1. (verb) to creak.

E kekē ana ngā rākau i te ngahere i te pupuhitanga o te hau (PK 2008:251). / The trees in the forest creaked from the blowing of the wind.

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keke

1. (loan) (noun) cake.

Ko tētehi o aua keke i waiho hei tukutuku ki ngā whanaunga, i ia wāhi, i ia wāhi o Aotearoa, o Te Waipounamu (TW 21/2/1876:72). / One of those cakes was left to be sent to relatives in each part of the North and South Islands.

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kēkē

1. (verb) to quack (as a duck).

Kēkē kau ana te pārera (W 1971:112). / The duck quacks.

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2. (noun) armpit.

Ka kowhera te uira i roto i ngā kēkē o Tāwhaki (NM 1928:45). / The lightening burst forth from inside the armpits of Tāwhaki.

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3. (noun) area under the wing of a bird at the place where the wing is attached to the body.

Ko te pōhoi taringa nō te huruhuru maheni o te kēkē o te toroa (TTT 1/9/1924:s4). / The feather ornament for the ear is of smooth feathers from under the wing of the albatross.

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whāea kēkē

1. (noun) aunties.

Ko te take i karangatia ia ko Pītiti, he mau nō tētahi o ōna whāea kēkē e raweke pītiti ana i reira, ka tapaina ia ko Hēmi Pītiti Huata (TTR 1996:59). / The reason he was called Pītiti (Peach) was because one of his aunts was caught pilfering peaches, so he was named Hēmi Pītiti Huata.

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matua kēkē

1. (noun) uncle, aunt.

I taku whānautanga, ka hiahia taku matua kēkē ki te tapa i tōna ingoa Ruakāwhena ki a au (HP 1991:17). / When I was born my uncle wanted to give his name, Ruakāwhena, to me.

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whaea kēkē

1. (noun) aunt, auntie, aunty.

Ko te whānau Grennell ētahi anō hoki o ngā kaihaka o te rōpū kōnohete i whakahaerea rā e Rāhera Tainui, he whaea kēkē nō Airini (TTR 2000:63). / The Grennell family were some of the performers of the concert party run by Rāhera Tainui, an aunt of Airini.

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mātua kēkē

1. (noun) uncles, aunties.

Nā tōku matua kēkē ahau i kawe huna mai ki te kaipuke, nōtemea he rawakore, e kore ia e kaha ki te whāngai i a au, kāhore hoki he moni hei utu i taku pāhihi (KO 15/1/1886). / My uncle secretly brought me onto the ship because he was poor and could not feed me and had no money to pay my passage.

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