kavangū

kavangū, v.i., intens. kava1.

1. Very sour, bitter, acid, acrid, rancid.

Kua kavangū te rēmene.
The lemon was very sour;

Kua kavangū te ū.
The milk had a sour taste;

To ratou kavangu e tau ia ki te kavangu ovi ra.
Their poison is like the poison of serpents (Ps. 58.4).

2. (-a, -‘ia). Smart bitterly (of the eyes).

Ka kavangū‘ia tō mata e te aua‘i.
The smoke will make your eyes smart very painfully. [kava1, -ngū2.]

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.)

kavakava1

kavakava1, v.i., fq. kava1.

1. Rather salty, bitter, acrid.

Kua rava te miti, kua kavakava te puaka.
That’s enough salt, the pork is quite salty;

Kua tano te kavakava i tēia tai.
This sauce is salty enough;

te ‘aunga kavakava o te tai,
the salt smell of the sea.

2. (-‘ia). Smart or sting a little (of the eyes).

3. n. The tamarind tree and its fruit.

Kua ‘a‘aki te tamaiti i te kavakava para.
The child picked the ripe tamarinds. (cf.

tāmerēni.) [kava1 RR.]