Found 1 match
  • filters Arrow
    • Include Idioms
      Exclude Idioms
      Only Idioms
    • Include Phrases
      Exclude Phrases
      Only Phrases
    • Include Proverbs
      Exclude Proverbs
      Only Proverbs
    • Include Loan Words
      Exclude Loan Words
      Only Loan Words
      Include Historical Loan Words
    • Close

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

Books + Apps


The App

This Māori dictionary is also available as an iOS and Android app. Download from the links below.

iOS / Android
Te Aka Mobile App


The Book

Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary and Index by John C Moorfield. This dictionary comprises a selection of modern and everyday language that will be extremely useful for learners of the Māori language.

More info