kākapu

kākapu, (-a, -‘ia -na).

1. Fill (i) a container with (ki) something; container, receptacle.

Kua kākapu au i te pi‘a ki te ‘ānani.
I filled the box with oranges;

I tōku kākapu‘anga i te pi‘a ki te one, kua nga‘ā te kaokao.
When I was filling the box with soil, the sides split open;

TĒ kākapu‘ia nei te pi‘a ki te tī tā.
The box is being filled with rubbish;

TĒia te kākapu meitaki nō te vai.
This is the best container (or scoop, cf. (3) below) for the water; kākapu re‘u ‘ava‘ava, n., an ash-tray.

2. Put or store (i) something in (ki) a container.

Kua kākapu au i te ‘ānani ki te pi‘a.
I put the oranges in a box;

Kua kākapu‘ia te one ki te pūtē.
The soil was contained in a bag;

TĒia te pūtē ‘ei kākapu i te one.
Here is a bag to hold the sand.

3. Ladle or scoop (i) something up with (ki) a container.

I tōku kākapu‘anga i te vai ki te tini, kua āru mai te ro‘ero‘e.
While I was scooping up the water with the tin, the mosquito larvae got in as well;

Kia pou te vai i te kākapu‘ia, kua tāmā mātou i te vairanga.
When all the water had been scooped out, we cleaned the container. [kā-3, kapu.]

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