kerekere

kerekere,

1. (-‘ia), v.i. Black, dusky, dark (of blues, greens and browns); in the Bible, kerekere is often used to translate blue.

Kua kerekere te ‘are i te aua‘i.
The house was black with smoke;

Kua kerekere‘ia te ‘are e te aua‘i.
The house had been blackened by the smoke;

‘E piripou kerekere tōna i ‘oko ei.
He bought himself some black trousers;

Kua tāpoki te tumurangi kerekere i te take o te maunga.
Dark clouds covered the mountain tops;

Kua rekareka ‘aia nō te uri kerekere i te tupu i tāna ‘ānani.
He was pleased with the dark foliage on his orange trees;

Kua ‘a‘aki koe i te ‘ānani kerekere.
You’ve picked the russet oranges;

tetai ri kerekere
(Num. 15.38), a ribband of blue.

2. n. Negro.

Te kerekere o Marike,
the American blacks. [kere, RR.]

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