kape2

kape2, n. Giant taro (Alocasia macro-rrhiza), a slow-maturing crop eaten in times of shortage.

I muri ake i te ‘uri‘ia ma‘ata kua roko‘ia te ‘enua e te onge, kua ‘akaputuputu te tangata i te kape ē te tī ē kua ta‘u ki raro i te umu ma‘ata mei te ‘ā rā.
After the great hurricane the country was overtaken by famine and people gathered giant taro and Cordyline roots and cooked them in a big oven for about four days. Some varieties are:

kape ‘āparu
with light green stalk and leaves,

kape kōkā,
large with short leaf-stalk,

kape mangiō
with brownish stalk and leaves,

kape piki,
procumbent with erect leaves. [Pn. *kape1.]

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