pānu

pānu, (-a, -‘ia), v.i. Drift or float freely (in water).

Kua pānu te vaka i te motu‘anga te tūtau.
The canoe drifted away when the anchor (cable) broke;

‘E ‘akari tērā e pānu ra i roto i te tai.
That is a coconut floating there in the sea;

I te pēpē‘i‘anga te tamariki i te toka ki roto i te vai, kua pānu mai te repo ki runga.
When the children threw stones into the water, the mud floated up;

Kua pānu‘ia te kīkau o tāna repo taro e te vai.
The water carried off the coconut leaves covering his taro patch;

‘E tumu rākau pānu mai tēia nā raro i te kauvai mei te maunga mai.
This tree trunk has floated down the stream from up in the hills;

Ā te ‘utu pānu ‘ua ‘aia.
He’s just a drifter (like a floating Barringtonia fruit).
(see pāpānu, ‘aka (pā)pānu, cf.mānu.)

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