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koea Play

1. (verb) to be brilliant, beautiful - used in karakia.

E koea ana te ura o Puanga, te whetū o te tau (W 1971:122). / The glow of Rigel, the star of the new year, is brilliant.


Synonyms: purotu, tau, waiwaiā, ātaahua, hūmārie, hūmārire, ātanga, pīwari, turua


2. (noun) long wooden trumpet - from 1 to 2 metres in length and made of wood and bound with vine. The mouthpiece was a finely carved human figure, and about 8 centimeters inside the cylinder was a tongue or valve of wood called tohetohe.

See also pūkāea


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