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nū1, n.

1. Coconut tree.

E kake koe ki runga i tērā pū nū e ‘a‘aki mai i te ‘akari.
Climb that coconut tree and pick the dry nuts;

E ‘aere koe e pari pakā nū mai ‘ei ‘āuri i te pereue o tō pāpā.
Go and chop some coconut bark for (putting in the iron and) ironing your father’s coat.

2. A coconut at a stage of development when it contains liquid suitable for drinking.

Kua ‘ōmai te tamā‘ine i te nū kia inu au.
The girl gave me a coconut to drink.

3. Some varietal and descriptive terms:

nū ‘arakita, nū ‘araketa,
a variety bearing clusters of numerous small nuts;

nū kura,
same as

nū muramura; nū māngaro,
a variety with a thin, green, sweet, partially edible husk;

nū mata,
a nut at just the right stage for drinking (See mata2); nū muramura, nut with reddish outer husk; nū pōkura, a nut with a reddish shell used medicinally; nū uri, a nut with a bluish-green husk; nū vairākau, same as nū pōkura.

4. Palm tree (general term). Nū tāmara, date palm and its fruit. (cf. niu.) [Pn. *niu.]