kava1

kava1, v.i.

1. Sour, bitter, acrid, stinging, venomous.

Kua kava tēia ‘ānani, kāre i para.
This orange is sour, it’s not ripe;

‘E tiōpu kava tēia nō te ma‘ata i te miti i roto.
This stew is bitter, there is so much salt in it;

Kāre e pou iāku tēia nō te kava.
I can’t finish it up, it’s too bitter;

‘E tara kava to te no‘u.
The stonefish has poisonous spines;

‘E ‘ōvī ni‘o kava.
It is a snake with a venomous bite.

2. (-ngia, -‘ia) Smart, sting (of the eyes).

Kua kava tōna mata i te tai.
His eyes smarted from the seawater;

‘Aere mai ki konei, ka kavangia tō mata e te aua‘i.
Come over here, the smoke will make your eyes smart. (See kavangia, (tā-)kavangū, kavakava1, tākava(kava).) (cf. kava2.)

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