(-a, -ia, -na), fq. kapu.
- Scoop up, dip or ladle out, contain in a vessel. Kua kapukapu aia i te vai repo ki vao e kua tama i te taramu. He scooped the dirty water out and cleaned the drum; i to matou kapukapuanga i te u ki roto i te pani, as we were ladling the milk into the pan; Kua pururu te ti ta ki roto i te vai e kua kapukapuia ki te punu. The rubbish tumbled into the water and was scooped out with a tin.
- v.i. Cup-shaped, cupped. E taro rau kapukapu mei te rau kape rai te tu. It’s a taro with cupped leaves, quite like the leaves of the giant taro; taua puaka taringa kapukapu, the pig with cupped ears.
- n. Name of two plants with rounded cupped leaves, a small prostrate herb bearing white flowers and a creeping semi-aquatic pennywort. [kapu RR.]
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