tāpē, (-a, -‘ia).
1. Cause to rot or decay, rot something down, ret (fibres).
Kua tāpē ‘aia i te tī tā ‘ei maniua.
He rotted the grass cuttings down for manure;
Kua tāpē rātou i te kiri‘au ki raro i te vai ‘ei ma‘ani pāreu;
They left the
in the water to ret so they could use it to make grass skirts.
2. Bring a boil to a head by poulticing.