- tar and feather
Word Origin for tapu
Examples from the Web for tapu
The person who came under this form of the tapu was cut off from all contact, and almost all communication with the human race.
It contains some of my tapu treasures; take great care of it, for I may not see you again; I may fall with my tribe.
Of this kind was the tapu of those who handled the dead, or conveyed the body to its last resting-place.Old New Zealand:|'A Pakeha Maori' [Frederick Edwa [Maning]
This tapu is a bore, even to write about, and I fear the reader is beginning to think it a bore to read about.
The river-god had very properly punished him with death—it was the penalty of infringing the law of tapu.