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1. v.i. Be watery, juicy.

‘E vai roa tēnā ngaika.
There is too much water in that whitewash.

Mē vai te ‘ānani,kā vai katoa te rango.
When the juice comes in the oranges, the honey will be flowing, too.

Pēni vai, already mixed paint.

2. n. Water, liquid; stream, creek.Maori for water is vai

Kā inu au i te vai.
Let me have a drink of water.

Tēia te kapu vai ma‘ana.
Here is a cup of warm water.

Tei raro i te tumu o Teko‘u te vai ānuanua.
The rainbow stream is at the foot of Mt Teko‘u.

Kua ta‘e ā vai ‘ua tōna roimata.
Her tears streamed down like water.

Tē pā‘ī vai nei māua.
We are bathing (in the stream).

Kā inu au i te vai rēmene.
I will drink lemon juice.

Vai māori, ordinary (drinking) water.
Vai māpia (Bib.), pure, fresh water.
Vai mata, tears.
Vai mātaitai, brackish water.
Vai ora, life-giving water.

‘Aere mai kia inu kōtou i te vai ora.
Come and drink of the water of life.

Vai paipa, water from the tap.
Vai puke, flood water.
Vai pupū, bubbling water, a spring.
Vai rere, waterfall.
Vai roto, freshwater lake.
Vai taitai, brackish water.
Vai nū, coconut milk.

3. A spirit level.

Tukuna te vai kia kitea te tika.
Lay the spirit level along to see if it is level.

[Pn. *wai.]