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    1. n. Bud, young leaf, young mid-leaf of coconut, banana. E katokato mai koe i te kao o te tiare maori. Nip off the gardenia buds; Kua takaviri te kao o te meika. The young mid-leaf of the banana is twisted (said to be sign of an impending hurricane).
    2. v.i. Come into bud. Kua kao te rakau, te tomo nei tatou ki te tuatau maana. The trees are in bud, were getting into the warm season. [Ce. *kao1.]

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