tarai

tarai, (-a, -‘ia). Chop, chisel or adze something into shape; carve something out.

E tarai i te rapa o te ‘oe kia angiangi tēta‘i mānga.
Adze the blade of the paddle a little bit thinner;

Kā kite koe i te tarai kumete?
Do you know how to carve out a wooden bowl?;

Kāre e mānea ana te tarai‘anga i tō‘ou vaka.
You haven’t carved out your canoe very well;

I tarai‘ia tāku tōpī ki te mātipi ma‘ata.
A big knife was used to shape my top. Ta‘unga tarai vaka, an expert canoe-builder. Toki tarai, an adze.
[Pn. *talai.]

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