pao

pao,

1. (-a, -‘ia).

(a) Hollow, dig or nibble out, make a hole in sthg.

Tē pao nei māua i te vaka o Tīria.
We are hollowing out Tīria’s canoe;

Kua motu tōna rima i tōna pao‘anga i te kumete.
He gashed his hand hollowing out the wooden bowl;

Tei te pao va‘arua kūmara māua.
We are taking out holes for planting kumara;

Kua pao ‘aia i te vaevae o te kaingākai.
He made a hole in the leg of the table;

te tanumanga i paoia i roto i te mato,
a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock (Mark 15.46);

Kāre au e kai i tēnā vī pao kiore.
I‘m not going to eat that mango that the rats have been nibbling at.

(b) Strike (as with a club on the head), crack open.

Kua pao te ‘akavā i te katu o te tangata ‘akatupu pekapeka ki te rākau.
The policeman cracked the troublemaker over the head with his baton

; Kua pao ‘aia i te ariri ki te ‘āmara.
He cracked open the whelk with a hammer;

E pao koe i taku nū.
Crack open my coconut. ‘Apinga pao katu, truncheon, baton.

(c). Sting (as wasp), peck, strike (as fish at bait).

Kua pao te rango i tōna katu.
The wasp stung him on the scalp;

Kua paoa ‘aia e tēta‘i rango meri.
He was stung by a bee;

Kua pao te manu i te potonga varāoa.
The bird pecked the piece of bread;

Kua pō‘itirere au i te pao‘anga te ika ki runga i te matau.
I was taken by surprise when the fish seized the hook.

2. n.

(a) Tool for hollowing or scooping out, e.g. an adze.

Tēia te pao ‘ei pao i tō kumete.
Here’s the adze to hollow out your bowl;

E ‘apai mai koe i te pao ‘ei ‘akatuā‘u i te māniota.
Bring the hoe to mound (the earth) up (around) the maniocs.
(see paopao, tīpaopao.)
[Pn. *pao1.]

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