tapatapa‘i

tapatapa‘i, (-‘a, -‘ia), fq. tapa‘i.

1. Chop down vertically on something (e.g. cutting bark off a stake).

Kā mate te rākau mē tapatapa‘i koe i te pākiri.
The tree will die if you chop the bark off;

Tapatapa‘ia te i‘i, kia ūkī au ei ma‘ani kanakā.
Cut the pods off the chestnuts so I can grate them up for

kanakā
bread.

2. Split or cleave lengthwise.

Taria mai te va‘ie mē kua oti i te tapatapa‘i.
Bring in the kindling if it’s been chopped up.

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