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kunekune

1. (verb) to be round (of appearance), plump, fat, tubby.

E whāngaia ana aua ika i ngā wā katoa, nā reira nui atu tō rātou tetere, kunekune ana (TP 8/1903:11) / Those fish were fed all the time, and so they were very large and plump.

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2. (modifier) round (of appearance), plump, fat, tubby.

Kātahi te tangata kunekune, ko taua pukunati rā (HKK 1999:115). / What a fat person that fatso is.

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3. (noun) kunekune pig - a fat, short-legged, feral pig that was introduced to Aotearoa/New Zealand in the early contact period.

Hore kau i roa kua puta a Karakata e rere ana me te poaka kunekune e oma ana (TWK 11:14). / It wasn't long before Karakata (pheasant) appeared and it was flying with the kunekune pig running after it.

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