karikao

karikao, n. The very hard-shelled great worm-shell (Vermetus maximus).

Kua tari mātou i te karikao ki te kāinga ‘ei kai.
We’ve brought the

karikao
home to eat;

‘Okota‘i ā mātou pūtē karikao,
we’ve got a sack of

karikao.
‘E karikao pao ngatā, a dull obstinate person, a bone-head (he is like a

karikao
hard to crack);

Nō te karikao paongatā iāia, kāre tākiri ‘e ‘apinga e ō atu ki tōna katu.
He is so boneheaded that you can’t get a single thing into his skull. [Np. *kalikao.]

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