kō‘ae

kō‘ae, (-a, -‘ia).

1. Rip, split, tear apart.

Kua kō‘ae te pū‘āpi‘i i tā Mene pēpa.
The teacher tore up Mene’s exercise;

Mē oti te pāreu kiri‘au i te tā, e kō‘ae koe kia ‘unga-‘unga.
When you have made the dancing skirt, then split the hibiscus bast into narrow strips;

I kō‘ae‘ia tōna piripou ki runga i te naero.
He’d ripped his pants on a nail.

2. Open (the legs).

Kō‘aea te vaevae!
Legs apart! [Ce. *koo-sae.]