Tapu

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tapu . See Taboo.
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Usage

In literature:

The women, the corpse, the hut, and the ground for some space round them, were all strictly tapued.
"A Narrative of a Nine Months' Residence in New Zealand in 1827" by Augustus Earle
A head chief is 'tapued an inch thick, and perfectly unapproachable.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
He was in a terrible stew when this pig, killed on tapu ground, and consequently tapu itself, stranded on his beach.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Tapu and tapu and tapu, I know they are every one right; But the god of every tapu is not always quick to smite.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 14 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He tapu'd his own trees, and his example was imitated over all Hatiueu and Anaho.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
A head chief is 'tapued an inch thick, and perfectly unapproachable.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
But all at once she stopped dead, gave a cry, uttered the word "tapu," and fled away with every sign of terror.
"The Girl Crusoes" by Mrs. Herbert Strang
They will take all you will give them, and they will keep the tapu just as long as it suits them.
"White Fire" by John Oxenham
Tapu, a very crooked tree, growing along the ground in swampy places.
"Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836" by Robert FitzRoy
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In poetry:

Inviolable and consecrate:
Edgeways and staggering descends
The sun; rain vanishes;
A bonus of bright light comes back.
Hawaii keeps the ordinance: Tapu!
Even far Tahiti now is still, perhaps.
"Hawaii" by Padraic Colum

In news:

Tapu Misa on current affairs.
Tapu Misa is a Herald columnist focussing on Pacific affairs.
Tapu Misa on current affairs.
Tapu Misa is a Herald columnist focussing on Pacific affairs.
Waka Tapu survives storms to reach land.
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