katu

katu, n.

1. Skull, scalp, head.

Kua ‘une‘ia tōna katu.
He’s got sores on his scalp;

‘E katu pakiko tō Tere.
Tere has a bald head;

‘Auraka koe e tāmanamanatā atu i tō‘ou katu i te ‘akamanako ē e ‘aere ana ‘aia ki ‘ea.
Don’t worry your head bothering about where she has been going;

‘E katu meitaki tōna.
He’s got a good head on him (a good brain);

Tāuru i te katu ki te ‘anga‘anga a tēta‘i tangata kē atu.
Stick one’s nose into somebody else’s business.

2. Shell (of coconut or chestnut).

E tanu i te katu nū ki raro i te va‘arua kia kore te namu e no‘o ki roto.
Bury the (empty) coconut shells in a pit so the mosquitoes won’t breed in them;

Kua tunu katu ‘aia i te i‘i nō tōna kōpē i te tapa‘i.
She boiled the chestnuts in their shells because she was too lazy to cut them open.

3. Pip, stone (of fruit), (Ait., ‘Ātiu, Mang. dial., cf. Rar. ‘ua).

Te katu o te vī
, the stone of the mango.

4. Pill, (Ait. dial., cf. Rar. ‘ua).

E kai koe ‘ē rua katu i te pōpongi.
Take two pills in the morning. (See katu i‘i, katukatu.)

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