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(-a, -ia, -na).

    1. Scoop up or hold contained in a cup, ladle, coconut shell or other vessel. Kua kapu au i te vai ki te karati. I scooped up the water in a glass; Kua kapuia te u ki roto i te pani. The milk was ladled out into the pan; Kia tae atu au ki te punavai, kua pou te vai i te kapuia ki vao. When I got to the well all the water had been scooped out; KA toru taime i teianei i te kapuiaanga te vai ki vao mei roto i teia taramu. Three times now the water has been bailed out of this drum; E kapu koe i te paru ki roto i te moina. Put the yeast into a jar.
    2. Hollow shell or vessel, cup, scoop, vase. E tari mai koe kia maata te kapu akari. Bring plenty of coconut shells; TEia te kapu punu ei kakapu i taau vai. Here is a tin mug to hold your water; E orei koe i te kapu kai ti kia ma. Wash the teacups clean; Kua riro kia ratou te kapu i teia mataiti. They won the cup this year; kapu vairanga tiare, flower vase;
    3. certain hollows in the body. Kapu mata, eye-socket, depres-sion around the eye. Kua muramura a roto i tona kapu mata i te uanga tona mata ki runga i te poupou. He got a black eye when he banged his face against the post. Kapu rima, palm of the hand. Ina toou kapu rima. Let me see your palm; Kia ki tona nga kapu rima i te one, kua pei aia i te one ki roto i te are. When he’d fed his (cupped) hands with sand, he threw it into the house. Kapu vaevae, instep. I tona oroanga na runga i te anga moina kua motu tona kapu vaevae. He cut the instep running over some broken glass. Kapu upoko, hollow skull;
    4. Kapu maka, pouch of a sling. (See kapukapu, some modern meanings under 2
    5. above may be from Eng. cup.) [Pn. *kapu1.]

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