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(-a, -ia).

    1. Rip, split, tear apart. Kua koae te puapii i ta Mene pepa. The teacher tore up Mene’s exercise; Me oti te pareu kiriau i te ta, e koae koe kia unga-unga. When you have made the dancing skirt, then split the hibiscus bast into narrow strips; I koaeia tona piripou ki runga i te naero. He’d ripped his pants on a nail.
    2. Open (the legs). Koaea te vaevae! Legs apart! [Ce. *koo-sae.]

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