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First Lessons in Maori

§ 63

§ 63.

Doubling the di-syllabic root of a verb gives it a frequentative force. Doubling the first syllable only often gives intensity; but sometimes it denotes reciprocal action.

  • Kimo, wink the eyes.

  • Kimokimo, wink frequently.

  • Kikimo, keep the eyes firmly closed.

  • Patu, strike. Papatu. strike against one another: clash.