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kōrari Play

1. (verb) (-a,-tia) to pluck off, pull off, tear off (twigs, etc.).

Kōraria mai te peka o te rākau nei (W 1971:140). / Pull off the branches of this tree.

2. (noun) flower stem of the flax.

Nā, ka mahia e ngā tohunga ka unuhia ngā rito kōrari, ka karakiatia kia mōhiotia ai, ka mate ka ora rānei (M 2005:280). / Now, the tohunga plucked the centre shoots of the flax, and recited incantations over them to ascertain whether the result would be defeat or victory.

3. (noun) New Zealand flax, Phormium tenax - an important native plant with long, stiff, upright leaves and dull red flowers. Found on lowland swamps throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand. It has straight, upright seed pods.

Kei reira tētahi kōrari (harakeke) e tupu ana ināianei (TP 1/10/1901:11). / A flax plant is growing there now.

4. (noun) flax trumpet.

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