tara1, n. Sharp-pointed object. Barb, thorn, spike, horn (of animal or moon), dorsal fin (of shark), point of tooth (on cog-wheel), gable end (on house).
Kua ‘ati te tara o te matau, nō reira i ‘ora ai te ika.
The barb of the hook broke, that’s how the fish got away;
Kua mou tōna kāka‘u ki runga i te tara niuniu i tōna tomo‘anga nā raro.
He caught his clothes on the barbed wire getting in underneath;
Kua puta tōna rima i te tara ‘ānani.
He pricked his finger on an orange thorn;
Kua ‘ati tēta‘i tara i te ni‘o o taku pātikara.
The point has broken off one of the teeth on my cogwheel;
Kua oti tēia tara o te ‘are i te ato, ko tēnā te toe.
This gable end of the house has been thatched, that one remains to be done;
te tara o te puakatoro,
the cattle-beast’s horn;
te tara o te mangō,
the shark’s dorsal fin. ‘Āuri tara, a barbed spear.
‘E ‘āuri tara tāna i ‘apai ei ‘ei pātiā ‘onu.
He took a barbed spear for turtle-spearing. ‘Āuri tara ‘ā, a four-pronged spear. Tarā-vana, sea-egg spine.
2. v.t. Catch sea-eels by pushing baited hook into hole.
Nō te tara ‘ā‘ā mai māua ko Mauturi.
Mauturi and I were out fishing for sea-eels;
‘E rou tara ‘ā‘ā tēnā nāku.
That’s the hooked pole I catch sea-eels with.