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Red ochre (burnt red clay) used to decorate wood or other materials.
- ‘The ribbon is red ochre (kokowai) with a narrow white stripe towards either edge.’
- ‘These, with the red kokowai, constituted the ‘palette’ of the old-time Maoris.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The kokowai was burned in a fire, ground into a fine powder and mixed with shark oil to make paint.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.