uka

uka, v.i.

1. Sway, bend, sag.

Kua uka tāna tākiri i te kai‘anga te kōkiri ki runga.
His rod sagged when the triggerfish struck;

Kua uka te mokotua o te ‘oro‘enua i te ‘akauta‘ia‘anga te ‘apainga ki runga.
The horse’s back sagged when the load was piled on;

Kua topa ‘aia ki raro i te uka‘anga te ‘ātava rākau.
He fell off when the branch sagged.

2. Yielding, thick, gummy, viscous (liquids).

‘E ngā‘i one uka tēnā, kā tomo tō vaevae mē nā reira koe.
The ground is soft there, you‘ll sink in if you go that way;

‘E uka roa tō ngaika i te tāvai‘anga.
You’ve mixed your lime too thickly;

Kua uka te pēni.
The paint is too thick. Kua uka!, well done!
[Pn. *‘uka.]

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