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1. (modifier) utterly, totally, completely, absolutely - an intensifier that follows words describing abandonment and loss, e.g. whakarererere and mahue.

Ka mutu te kitea o te kōura i aua tāone kari kōura, ka mahue mōrukaruka, he 'tāone kēhua' te otinga atu (HJ 2015:137). / When gold ceased to be found in those gold prospecting towns, they were completely abandoned, ghost towns being the result.

Synonyms: ehara ehara, , anō, moruka, te mutunga (kē) mai (nei) o te ..., mārika, tahi, mārire, pohapoha, puru, piropiro, hāwerewere, rukaruka, mārie

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