tāpupuru2, (-a, ‘ia).
1. Shield, cover with some protective material or clothing.
E tāpupuru i tō rima ki te kāka‘u ka ‘apai ei i te mereki kai vera.
Protect your hands with a cloth when you take hold of the hot dish of food;
Kua tāpupuru‘ia ā mua iāia ki te pūtē kia kore e kī tōna kāka‘u i te pēni.
He had a sack tied round him in front to save his clothes getting splashed with paint.
2. n. Protective material.
‘E a‘a te tāpupuru i tō‘ou rima kia kore e kainga e te ngaika?
What have you got to save your hands being eaten by the lime?