tapuae

tapuae,

1. Sole of the foot.

Kua angiangi te pākiri i tōna tapuae nō te ‘ao‘ao tāmaka putuputu.
The skin on the soles of his feet was thin through wearing shoes so much;

E vaira i te tapuae ‘oro‘enua kia punupunu meitaki ā mua.
File the horse’s hooves down so that they are nicely rounded in front.

2. Footprint.

‘E tapuae tāmaka mama‘ata tēia, nōna pa‘a.
These prints were made by very big shoes, they may be his. Tapuae tāmaka, shoe print. Tapuae vaevae, footprint. Ara tapuae, spoor. Rua tapuae, footsteps (fig.).

Kua āru ia i te rua tapuae o tōna pāpā.
He followed in his father’s footsteps.

3. A step, pace.

E taka‘i ‘ē rua tapuae ki muri.
Take two paces back.

4. n. A foot (linear measure).

‘ī ‘ia tapuae i te roa i tēnā rākau?
How long (in feet) is that piece of timber?;

‘ē ‘itu tapuae,
seven feet. Tapuae ‘erepani, n. Elephant’s Foot, a composite plant

(Elephantopus).

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