pāpaku

pāpaku,

1. v.i. Shallow(ness), lacking depth, low (of water).

Kua pāpaku te vai i roto i te repo, kua piritia te matā vai.
The water in the taro swamp is low, the inlet sluice is choked up;

‘E pāpaku roa te va‘arua, e kō ‘aka‘ou kōrua kia ‘ō‘onu.
The pit is too shallow, you must go on digging until it is deep;

Kāre e pou te ‘ānani ki roto i tēnā pi‘a pāpaku.
The oranges won’t all go into that box, it’s too shallow;

Kāre e mama‘ata tā‘au taro mē tanu pāpaku koe.
You won’t get big taro if you plant them shallow;

Ka pā‘ī tai ‘ua māua ki tēia ngā‘i pāpaku.
We are only going to bathe in this shallow place.

2. n. Shallows, shoal.

Kua iri te pa‘ī ki runga i te pāpaku.
The ship grounded on the shoal;

Kāvea ki te pāpaku tuku ei te kupenga.
Take the net to the shallows and set it there.
(see ‘akapāpaku, tāpāpaku.)
[Np. *pa

(a)-paku.]

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