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1. (noun) dog, animal with four legs, quadruped.

Kotahi te kurī nui o reira he kangarū (MM.TKM 31/1/1856:9). / There is one large animal there, the kangaroo.

2. (stative) be without purpose, with little cause - used following a verb to indicate that the speaker believes the action is unwarranted, pointless or just a pretence.

Kei te tangi kurī noa iho ia. / She's just crying crocodile tears.
(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 241-242;)

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