tavake

Tavake - Red tailed tropicbird by G.McCormack
Tavake – the red tailed tropicbird (Phaeton rubricauda). Photo by G. McCormack.

tavake, n

1. Red-tailed Tropic bird (Phaethon rubricauda).

Kua ‘akamānea‘ia tōna pare ki te ‘iku tavake.
His hat was decorated with tropic-bird’s tail-feathers.

Tavake ‘iku-tea, White-tailed Tropic bird.

2. Large variety of breadfruit with long-fingered leaves and fruit that resembles the kuru patea.

‘E tavake tēnā kuru.
That breadfruit is a tavake.

[Pn. *taweke.]

toto’u

Another meaning is “sayings”. Numerous toto’u (sayings) [New Zealand Māori whakataukï], identifying the connectedness of particular mountains, rivers or lakes, tribes and people, are constantly invoked to reaffirm ‘anau tangata or ‘uānga tangata between people and their lands.

‘itoro

The word ‘itoro which is sometimes used instead of ‘ai tupuna is a coined word which shades it with a post LMS descriptive bias.

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‘ei1

‘ei1,

1. (-a, -‘ia). (Wear) a necklace, garland, wreath, chaplet, scarf.

Tē ‘ei nei au i tōku ‘ei poe pārau,
I‘m wearing my pearl necklace;

‘Eia tō‘ou ‘ei,
put on your lei (necklace of flowers);

Nōku te ‘ei tiare māori, nō‘ou te ‘ei ‘ara ‘āmoa,
mine is the gardenia necklace, yours is the pandanus one;

‘Ei Kātorika,
rosary;

‘Ei tātauro,
cross (crucifix) worn round the neck;

Tē tui ‘ei ra ‘a Runa mā,
Runa and the others are making wreaths;

Nō‘ai tēia pare ‘ei?
whose chaplet is this?;

E ‘ei i tō tā‘ei ‘uru‘uru ki runga i tō kakī,
wrap your woollen scarf around your neck.

2. v.i. Encircled, ensnared, trapped, caught (in net, web, noose, snare, trap).

Kua ‘ei te ika ki roto i te kupenga,
the fish were caught in the net;

Kua ‘ei te moa taetaevao ki roto i te pū‘ere‘ere,
the wild fowl was trapped in a snare;

Kua pūtaka‘iti te rango i te ‘ei‘anga ki roto i te pūngāverevere,
the fly struggled, caught in the cobweb.
(see ‘ā‘ei, tā‘ei(‘ei)).
[Pn. *sei.]

eaea

eaea, v.i., fq. of ea. Rise to the surface.

Kua pou rātou ki roto i te vai ē kua eaea ki tēta‘i tua i te kauvai,
they dived into the water and came up on the other side of the river;

Kua pupu‘i te aronga ruku i tō rātou a‘o i tō rātou eaea‘anga,
the divers let their breath out with a rush as they surfaced.
[ea RR.]

‘ē‘ē

‘ē‘ē, n. Boil, carbuncle.

Kāre e meitaki kia vā‘i‘ia tō‘ou ‘ē‘ē, nō te mea kāre i para,
it won’t do any good getting your boil lanced, it hasn’t come to a head yet;

Paraia ki te vairākau ‘ē‘ē,
put a boil poultice on it;

‘ē1

‘ē1, v.i. Make an error, happen to do something, do something by accident.

Kua ‘ē ‘ua au i te ‘akatika ki tāna tuatua nō tōku mataku,
I made the mistake of agreeing to what he said because I was afraid;

Kua ‘ē au i te kāpiki iā koe, nō te mea kua manako au iā koe ē ko Tara,
I called you by mistake, I thought you were Tara;

Kua pakapaka tōku rima i tōku ‘ē‘anga i te mou i te ‘āuri vera,
I burned my hand when I accidentally took hold of the hot iron;

Kāre rava au e ‘ē i te ‘akakite i teia tuatua ki tēta‘i tangata, ‘ei rotopū ‘ua ia tāua,
I certainly won’t let this story slip out to anyone else, it‘ll be just between the two of us;

Kāre i te mea ‘ē, ‘e mea ‘akakoro tika ai,
it wasn’t any accident, it was quite deliberate;

Mē ‘ē ake koe i te ‘oki ‘aka‘ou mai, e ‘apai mai koe i tēta‘i ‘uri tiare nāku,
if you should happen to come this way again, bring me a few young flower plants.

‘ē2

‘ē2, n. The coconut stick-insect (Graeffea crouanii), a traditional pest throughout the southern group.

‘E ‘ē tērā e totorō ra i runga i te kīkau mata,
there’s a stick-insect crawling on that green coconut-leaf;

Tē kai ‘ē ra te manu kāvamani,
the minah-bird is eating stick-insects;

Tē ‘ongi nei au i te ‘aunga ‘ē,
I can smell stick-insect.
[Pn. *se‘e1]