‘ōkamu

‘ōkamu,

1. (-a, -‘ia). Caulk, plug up (a hole or leak) by stuffing something in.

I tōna ‘ōkamu‘anga i te puta, kua kore te tuturu.
When he plugged the hole the leak stopped;

Kāre au i manako ē ka meitaki tēnā puta kia ‘ōkamu‘ia ki te pūtē.
I didn’t reckon it would be any good plugging that hole with a sack;

Tē ‘ōkamu nei māua i te poti.
We‘re caulking the boat.

2. n. Caulking material, oakum.

‘E mea meitaki kia nā roto‘ia mai te ‘ōkamu.
It is better to stuff the oakum in from inside. [Eng. oakum.]

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