kanakana

kanakana,

1. (a) (-‘ia). Roll or swivel (the eyes).

Kanakana‘ia tō‘ou mata kia kitea te repo.
Roll your eye around so that (I) can see the bit of grit;

‘Auraka e kanakana kē i tō‘ou mata.
Don’t look away;

Kua kana-kana ‘aia i tōna mata i tōna kanga‘anga i te pū ‘āpi‘i.
He rolled his eyes around, mocking the teacher; (b) v.i. Staring, glaring, watchful (of the eyes).

‘E tamaiti mata kanakana ‘a Tā.
That boy Tā has wildly staring eyes.

2. v.i. Twinkle, glitter.

Tē kanakanā ra te au ‘ētū.
The stars were twinkling. [kana2 RR.]

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