kī kau

kī kau,

1. n. (a) Coconut frond. Kua tāpoki ‘aia i te pa‘i ki te kī kau marō. He covered the taro patch with dry coconut fronds. (b) Basket plaited from coconut frond. E ‘apai mai koe i taku kī kau taro. Bring me my basket of taro. (c) Sheet of thatching plaited from coconut leaf. Kua raranga mātou ‘ē toru ‘ānere kī kau ‘are. We’ve plaited three hundred thatch sheets; Nōku tēia ‘are kī kau. This thatched house is mine. (d) Pointer, hand (of clock), needle (of compass). ‘Ea‘a i ‘ati ei te kī kau roa i tō ora? Why is the long hand on your clock broken?; te kī kau o te kaveinga, the needle of the compass.

2. v.i. New (of the moon).

Kua kī kau te marama.
The moon is new;

I kite ana au i te marama kī kau i napō.
I saw the new moon last night. (See tākī kau.)

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