kapa

Pacific Pidgin English: *kapa.

‘Corrugated iron sheeting’ - Bislama: ?; Pijin: kapa; TSC: kapa.
cf. also TSC kapmauri, supposedly ‘copper Maori’ = earth oven.

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Kuk long kapa, Tun, Western Highlands Province, 1987.

Modifier forms

  1. Everyday item: made of metal
    kapa kap to tin mug
    haus kapa a iron-roofed house; by extension, any house made of permanent materials

Noun forms

  1. corrugated iron roofing sheet, any sheet metal
    kapa i gat baret the roofing is corrugated

  1. large cooking pot, typically made of cast iron or aluminium; a ‘copper’
    maski mumu, yumi kuk long kapa let’s not do a mumu, let’s cook in the copper

  1. Mining/geology: ore (especially, but not only, copper ore) ain, bras1, gol2, manganis
    kapa marasin ‘toxic mine wastes’ - term used in connection with pollution downstream of the Ok Tedi mine

  1. a hoof, fingernail, toenail, bird’s claw or talon
    pinga kapa fingernail
    kapa i tekewe fingernail has come off
    tarangau i holim kapul long kapa bilongen the hawk seized the possum in his talons


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