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puku Play

1. (verb) to swell.

Ka puku ake he whaturama ki runga ake o ngā kūwhā, ki ngā kēkē, ki te kakī (TTT 1/5/1922:8). / Glands above the thighs, in the armpits and on the neck swell.

2. (verb) to be clenched (of the fist).

Ki te puku te ringa e kore e taea te rūrū (Milroy 2016). / A clenched fist prevents the shaking of hands (Milroy 2016).

3. (noun) swelling, tumour, lump, bubble, stomach, abdomen, centre, belly, tummy.

Kotahi wiki i muri mai ka mau tētahi arikeita, nō te tuakanga i te puku ka kitea ngā kahu o taua Pākehā i roto (TP 4/1904:8). / One week later an alligator was captured, and on opening up its stomach, the clothes of that Pākehā were found inside.

Synonyms: tia, kōpū, riu, takapū

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