Definition of kokowai in English:

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kokowai

Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːkɔːˌwʌɪ/

noun

[mass noun] NZ
Red ochre (burnt red clay) used to decorate wood or other materials.
Example sentences
  • They oiled her down with kokowai to keep the cold out and they constructed a little raft out of raupo to keep the baby buoyant and out of the water.
  • Colleen sees this process as having an affinity with the custom of using kokowai (a baked and ground red clay mixed with oil) in ancient rituals.
  • The ribbon is red ochre (kokowai) with a narrow white stripe towards either edge.

Origin

Maori.

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Line breaks: koko|wai

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