kato

kato, (-a, -‘ia). Nip off, pinch off, pick (flowers).

‘E viviki tāna kato pūkaitaringa.
She is quick at pinching off the side-shoots;

I te kato‘ia‘anga te kaute, kua vi‘ivi‘i te pā rākau.
The hedge looked ugly after the hibiscus flowers had been picked;

Kua kato‘ia te tiare ‘ei ma‘ani ‘ei.
The flowers were picked for making wreaths;

Tēia te ngā‘i kato‘anga rau nūāenga ‘ei tāpoki umu.
Here is the place to pick Indian-shot leaves for covering the oven. (See katokato.) [Ep. *kato2.]

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