tā‘au2

tā‘au2, (-a, -‘ia, -na).

1. Wipe dry, wipe off.

Tē tā‘au nei au i te vai i runga i te ta‘ua.
I‘m wiping the water up on the floor;

Tā‘aua te ‘ou i runga i tō mata.
Wipe the perspiration off your face.

2. Filter, strain.

E tā‘au i te pēnitī ni mē tī tō ki roto i te mōrī .
Filter the benzine when you pour it into the lamp;

‘E ‘apinga tā‘au ū (or ) tēnā.
That’s a milk (or tea) strainer.

3. n. A towel, cloth for drying or wiping off, napkin.

Tēia tō‘ou tā‘au mē ‘aere koe ki te pā‘ī
. Here is your towel for your bath;

Tē pu‘a tā‘au kapu nei au.
I‘m washing the dishcloth;

Tērā mai te tā‘au ‘e auau ia mua iā koe mē kaikai koe.
There’s the napkin to wear when you eat.

4. n. Filter, strainer.

Ka ‘inangaro au ‘ei tī tō ‘e tā‘au tō runga.
I want a funnel with a filter;

Ko te tā‘au meitaki ake tēnā.
That’s the better strainer.

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