kao1

kao1,

1. n. Bud, young leaf, young mid-leaf of coconut, banana.

E katokato mai koe i te kao o te tiare māori.
Nip off the gardenia buds;

Kua takaviri te kao o te meika.
The young mid-leaf of the banana is twisted (said to be sign of an impending hurricane).

2. v.i. Come into bud.

Kua kao te rākau, tē tomo nei tātou ki te tuātau ma‘ana.
The trees are in bud, we‘re getting into the warm season. [Ce. *kao1.]

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