kapukapu

kapukapu, (-a, -‘ia, -na), fq. kapu1.

1. Scoop up, dip or ladle out, contain in a vessel.

Kua kapukapu ‘aia i te vai repo ki va‘o ē kua tāmā i te taramu.
He scooped the dirty water out and cleaned the drum;

i tō mātou kapukapu‘anga i te ū ki roto i te pāni,
as we were ladling the milk into the pan;

Kua pururū te tī tā ki roto i te vai ē kua kapukapu‘ia ki te punu.
The rubbish tumbled into the water and was scooped out with a tin.

2. v.i. Cup-shaped, cupped.

‘E taro rau kapukapu mei te rau kape rāi te tū.
It’s a taro with cupped leaves, quite like the leaves of the giant taro;

taua puaka taringa kapukapu,
the pig with cupped ears.

3. n. Name of two plants with rounded cupped leaves, a small prostrate herb bearing white flowers and a creeping semi-aquatic pennywort.

[kapu RR.]

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