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haohao Play

1. (verb) (-a) to catch in a net, grasp greedily.

Ka haere ētahi tāngata o taua kāinga ki te haohao kanae i te ākau (TP 1/11/1901:8). / Some people of the village went to net mullet on the coast.


2. (modifier) grasping, greedy, acquisitive, avaritious, covetous.


Synonyms: kaiponu, hao, apo


3. (noun) defamation - especially when followed by nui or nunui.

Ki tētahi āhua he haohao nui, he apo i ngā kōrero kino (M 2004:110). / Another aspect is defamation, the greed for slanderous gossip.


4. (noun) small basket for seed potatoes.

Kohia ō purapura taewa ka hoatu ai ki roto i te haohao (PK 2008:76). / Gather up your seed potatoes and then put them into the small basket.


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