ngaika

ngaika, n.

1. Coral lime: a whitewash obtained by burning a white coral (punga, q.v.) in large pits.

Kua ‘eke ‘a Pūrua ki raro i te va‘arua ē kua tuāpara mai i te ngaika ki roto i te pere‘ō.
PŒurua got down into the pit and shovelled the lime up into the buggy;

Kua parai ‘aia i te mēnema ki te ngaika.
He whitewashed the gravestone;

Nā mātou i vā‘i i tēnā toka ngaika.
We split up that coral limestone.

2. A mortar or concrete made by mixing pebbles and sand with coral lime.

Kua vāvā‘i rātou i te patu ngaika ta‘ito ki raro.
They broke down the old mortar wall;

Kua patu te tangata i te ta‘ua i tō rātou ‘are ki te ngaika.
People made the floors of their houses of concrete.

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