tāpupuru2

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?

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