Definition of "tapu" [tapu]

  • Alternative form of taboo. (noun)

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Use "tapu" in a sentence
  • "As every one of our native crew was very anxious to join in the sport, the captain had asked the king's mother to 'tapu' the ship till daylight, and shortly afterwards we were told by a messenger from the king that this had been done, and that no native would attempt to board the ship till we had returned."
  • "Ngati said, every time he saw Don gazing at the mountain; but it was not till long after that he comprehended the meaning of the chiefs words, that the place was "tapu," or sacred, and that it would act as a refuge for them, could they reach it, as the ordinary Maoris would not dare to follow them there."
  • "His relationships with the people are defined by this fact and by the strict "tapu" and protocols that surround those of high status."