tāpē

tāpē, (-a, -‘ia).

1. Cause to rot or decay, rot something down, ret (fibres).

Kua tāpē ‘aia i te tī tā ‘ei maniua.
He rotted the grass cuttings down for manure;

Kua tāpē rātou i te kiri‘au ki raro i te vai ‘ei ma‘ani pāreu;
They left the

kiri‘au
in the water to ret so they could use it to make grass skirts.

2. Bring a boil to a head by poulticing.

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