veku

veku (vēkua), veveku (-a, -‘ia). Tear off, rip off, pull aside (as grass in searching for lost object).

‘Ōmai nāku e veku i te puru i tā‘au nū.
Here, let me tear the husk off your drinking-nut;

Inā kia veveku mai i tēta‘i ‘āenga kāka‘u ‘ei tāpeka i taku rima.
Rip a piece of cloth off to bind up my hand with;

Kua kakati ‘aia i te puru ki tōna ni‘o i tōna veveku‘anga.
He gripped the husk with his teeth when he tore it off;

Vevekua tēnā ngā‘i tītā, ko te ngā‘i tēnā i topa ai te moni.
Pull aside (hunt in between) the grass there, that is where the money was dropped.
[Np. *weku.]

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