manu

manu, n. 1. Creature, living thing, usually (but not always) bird (manurere or manu reva) or beast (manu vaevae ‘ā), and often used figuratively for a human being.

Kua kapakapa te manu i tōna pē‘au.
The bird flapped its wings;

‘Auraka e kanga i te kō‘angā manu.
Don’t interfere with the bird’s nest;

Kā ‘opu te va‘ine tini i te manu ‘ā‘aere.
The women will catch the stray animals. Manu kavamani, mynah. Manu taetaevao, wild (not tamed, of domesticated) animals. Manu tā‘ae, wild (savage) animals. Te manu o te maki ‘uti, the tetanus germ.

‘E manu kanga tika ai koe!
You wicked creature, you!;

‘E ‘ōvī tēnā manu.
He’s a snake in the grass;

‘E manu pātia tika ai ‘aia.
She’s a man-stealer, or she’s a real stunner.

2. Kite.

Kua ‘akarere ‘aia i tāna manu ma te mou piri ki te taura.
He let his kite fly, holding on tightly to the string.
(See manu‘iri, manumanu, manurere.)
[Pn. *manu.]