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n. The very hard-shelled great worm-shell (Vermetus maximus). Kua tari matou i te karikao ki te kainga ei kai. We’ve brought the karikao home to eat; Okotai a matou pute karikao, we’ve got a sack of karikao. E karikao pao ngata, a dull obstinate person, a bone-head (he is like a karikao hard to crack); No te karikao paongata iaia, kare takiri e apinga e o atu ki tona katu. He is so boneheaded that you can’t get a single thing into his skull. [Np. *kalikao.]

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