pāpaka

pāpaka, n. A general term for various shore crabs.

E ‘opu mai koe i tērā pāpaka ‘ei māunu.
Catch that crab for bait;

Ka ‘apai au i tēia anga pāpaka ‘ei kākapu re‘u ‘ava‘ava,
I‘ll take this crab shell for an ashtray. Pāpaka toka, a reef-haunting crab, said to be phosphorescent. Pāpaka tua-‘uru‘uru, a hairy-backed crab.

Kāre e kainga ana te pāpaka tua-‘uru‘uru.
The hairy-backed crab is not eaten.
[Ce. *paapaka.]

Leave a Reply