tupa

tupa, n. An edible land crab (Cardisoma cardifex) common in sandy coastal areas, esp. on Aitutaki.

Kua totoro te tupa ki te pae tai i te kī ‘anga te marama ē kua rūrū i te ami.
When the moon was full, the

tupa
crawled down to the sea to shake off their spawn;

‘E va‘aruā tupa tēnā.
That is a

tupa
hole. Tākiri tupa, to angle for

tupa
(using red rag, beads, etc. to lure crab out of its hole).

Tē tākiri tupā ra te tamā‘inē ra.
That girl is angling for

tupa.
[Pn. *tupa.]

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