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hikohiko Play

1. (verb) (-ia) to flash repeatedly, twinkle, stir, become active, move at random.

Ka tau mai ki ngā kura reo, e pau ana te hau, ka hoki atu e hikohiko katoa ana te ngākau (HM 4/2008:3). / I arrived at the language learning gathering worn out and when I returned home I was enthusiastic.

2. (adjective) be selective in reciting genealogy - by not following a single line of descent.

He āhua hikohiko te whakapapa nei (W 1971:50). / This genealogy is somewhat selective and does not follow a single line of descent.

See also kōhikohiko, whakapapa

3. (modifier) random, moving from one thing to another, picking and choosing.

Ko te tātai hikohiko, te āhua hikohiko rānei he whakapapa poto e whakatakoto ana i ētahi tīpuna rongonui (Te Ara 2015). / 'Tātai hikohiko' or 'āhua hikohiko' are short genealogies setting out some famous ancestors.

4. (noun) movement, reflex.

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