tama1

tama1, n.

1. Son.

Kua topa ‘aia i tāna tama mua, ko ‘Iro.
He called his first son ‘Iro;

‘Aere mai, e tama, ‘ea‘a tō‘ou tere?
Come son, what do you want (why have you come)?;

E tama mā, e mā‘ine mā!
Boys and girls!;

Mē ‘ānau tama koe, e topa i te ingoa, ko Tangi‘ia.
If you have a boy, call him Tangi‘ia.

2. Child (either sex).

Tama tamā‘ine,
daughter.

Tama tamāroa, son. Kāre i te tama tamā‘ine, ‘e tamāroa.
It’s not a girl it’s, a boy.

Tama mata‘iapo,
eldest child. Tama ‘ū‘ā, a child taken into the family and reared as one of the family, foster-child.

Kua ‘akaāri rātou iāia ‘ei tama ‘ū‘ā nā rātou.
They took him into the family as a foster-child.

3. A polite and friendly form of address.

‘ī tama mā,
my dear friends;

Kiā koe e tama,
to you sir (at the beginning of letter).

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