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tūpoupou Play

1. (verb) to bow frequently, pitch.

2. (modifier) be steep.

Ngāmotu: He hiwi tūpoupou kei te taha hauāuru-mā-tonga o te wāpu i Niu Paremata (M 2005:242). / Ngāmotu: A steep hill to the south-west of the wharves at New Plymouth.

3. (adjective) be seriously ill.

4. (noun) pitching, lurching (e.g. of a boat).

Kua kaha haere te ngaru o te moana. Kua tīmata te tūpoupou, te tītahataha, me te wiri o te haere a 'Te Arahura' (HP 1991:36). / The waves of the sea strengthened. The 'Arahura' began pitching, rolling from side to side and shuddering.

5. (noun) serious illness.

6. (noun) Hector's dolphin, Cephalorhynchus hectori - a rare patterned black, pale grey and white dolphin with a small rounded fin. Distinguished from the common dolphin by its shorter beak.

Ka puta te rangai tūpoupou, tōna nui rā; te rerenga tawhetatanga atu ki ngā mangō, ngaungaua iho, ka mate, ka mate ngā mango rā (KO 15/7/1884:7). / A pod of dolphins appeared, there were so many of them, and they rushed to struggle with the sharks, biting them and killing them.

7. (noun) net for catching freshwater fish.

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