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putu

1. (verb) (-a) to lie in a heap, lie one on top of another, heaped up, piled up, deposit, accrue.

I runga rawa o te awa o Nūhaka, e tata atu ana ki te mātāpuna, te mahi a te kōhatu e putu ana (HP 1991:15). / Right upstream of the Nūhaka river, near its source, there were many stones piled up.

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Synonyms: hua, whakapūranga, kōputu, whakatahua, tāwhetawheta, tāwheta, tihi, kāika, pūhangaiti, kāike, kāuki, whakaputu, pūkei, pūranga, haupū, , pūkai, haipū, pīhangaiti


2. (verb) (-a) to pour into, swell, increase, multiply.

Ka kī i te manu, ka putua he hinu ki runga hei taupoki i ngā manu (TWK 32:10). / When they're full of birds, oil is poured on top to cover the birds.

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Synonyms: rea, whakaroaka


3. (noun) stack, heap, deposit.

I muri i a Ngāti Waimahora ka hoki rā ka wehewehea ngā huahua, ngā taonga kahu māori me ngā kaitaka, e toru ngā putu, kotahi ki ōna hapū ake o roto o Whakarewa pā, ko tētahi tūranga i a Takarangi, ko tētahi tūranga i a Rongoiri (JPS 1927:255). / After Ngāti Waimahora had returned home the preserved birds, garments, and kaitaka cloaks were divided into three heaps, one of which was allotted to his own hapū of Whakarewa pā, another to Takarangi, and the other to Rongoiri.

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4. (noun) degree (angle and temperature).

E rua ngā whakamahinga o te putu hei waeine. Tuatahi, he waeine hei whakaatu i te rahi o tētahi koki, o tētahi huringa rānei. E 360° i te huringa kotahi. Tuarua he waeine mō te paemahana. Kia eke te wera o te wai ki te 100°, kua koropupū. Kia heke ki te 0°, kua haupapa (TRP 2010:216). / Degrees are used as a unit of measurement for two things. Firstly, as a unit for measuring angles or rotation. There are 360° in a complete turn. It is also used as a unit for measuring temperature. 100° is boiling point, 0° is when water turns to ice (TRP 2010:216).

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5. (noun) shortfin eel, Anguilla australis - a quite large type of eel, dark olive to olive-green in colour, and whitish-grey to silvery ventrally. Widespread in lowland fresh waterways. Usually nocturnal and lives under cover of overhanging rocks and debris. Caught in a hīnaki.

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