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kiritai Play

1. (noun) space immediately outside the fence of a pā.

Haere rawa a Māhu, puta rawa atu ki waho o te pā, ki te kiritai rawa (JPS 1899:124). / Māhu went off, right out of the pā, to the open space outside the pallisading of the pā.

2. (noun) epidermis, outer skin, skin cuticle, outer cellular layer of the skin, outer cellular layer of a cell.

He mea hanga te kiritai o te pūtau tipu ki te pūtauhuka (RP 2009:361). / The epidermis of a plant cell is made of cellulose.

3. (noun) top coat (painting).

Ko tā te kiritai, he whakapūahoaho i ngā tae o te peita (RTA 2014:103). / The purpose of the topcoat is to make the colours of the paint clearer.

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