kaute

kaute, n. The introduced hibiscus shrub with showy flowers (Hibiscus rosasinensis).

Kua pū‘era‘era te kaute.Hibiscus is kaute in Maori
The hibiscus are in bloom;

‘E ‘ei kaute tōku.
I’ve a wreath made of hibiscus flowers.

Kaute ‘enua, a dark-red double-flowered variety said to be the native Rarotongan shrub.

Kua reru ‘aia i te pu‘era o te kaute ‘enua ‘ei ma‘ani vairākau.
He pounded up the kaute ‘enua flowers to make medicine.

[Pn. *kaute.]

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