peka1

peka1, v.i.

1. Crisscross(ed), branch(ed) off, tangle

(d).

Kua peka ‘ua te tātarāmoa i runga i te ‘enua.
Brambles crisscrossed the land;

Kā kite koe, kua peka tēta‘i kauvai ki te ‘itinga.
You will find that one of the tributaries branches off to the east;

Kua peka te niuniu taratara takapini i te pūnanga.
There was a thicket of barbed wire around the strongpoint.

2. n. Small intersecting stream or channel (also pekā vai), tributary streamlet.

Kua marō te vai i roto i te au peka.
The water has dried up in the side channels;

Kua tāmā‘ia te au pekā vai kia kore te vai e mou.
The little tributaries were cleaned out so that water wouldn’t stop flowing;

Kua ori ‘aere ‘ua te au puaka nā te au pekā vai i te kimi vai‘anga.
The pigs wandered up the side streams looking for water.
(see kōpeka-(peka), koropeka(peka), tāpeka(peka); cf. -peka2.)
[Ep. *peka2.]

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