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n.

    1. A cutting (for propagation), esp. of kumara or manioc. Kua tanu matou i te kata maniota e te kata kumara. We’ve planted out the manioc and the kumara cuttings.
    2. Stalk (of some long-stemmed leaves). E katokato i te kata o te rauao. Nip the stalks off the hibiscus leaves (before using them to cover the oven).
    3. Arm of a creeper, tendril, runner. Ka tupu ua te kata o te mautini. The pumpkin runners w grow freely.
    4. Pieces of cut grass. Kare te kata mauku i koiia ana i roto i te aua tiare. The grass cuttings in the garden weren’t picked up.
    5. Section of stick, esp. kata ki kau, part of the spine of a coconut leaflet. E aati mai koe i te kata ki kau ei panapana i te repo i toku maikuku rima. Break me off a bit of coconut leaflet to clean my nails with. Kata mati, match-stick. Auraka e tiritiri aere i te kata mati. Don’t throw the match-sticks around.
    6. Strand, single fibre. E iri i teia au kata ei taura. plait these strands into a rope. Kata rauru, strand of hair. (See katakata2.) [Pn *kata2.]

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