1. Prickly, bristly, barbed, jagged, sharp-edged (as stones, not knife), rough-surfaced, serrated.
Mē ‘e rākau rau taratara, ‘e kāpaiē.
If it has serrated leaf it is a
kāpaiē; Kia matakite, e ngā‘i toka taratara tēnā.
Watch out, there are some sharp stones there;
Kua taratara tōna pākiri nō te anu.
He had goose pimples on his skin from the cold. Niuniu taratara, barbed wire. Rākau taratara, Lantana, a shrub.
2. n. Prickliness, roughness.
Nō te taratara i te rākau, nō reira i a‘u‘iāi.
The timber was very rough, that’s why it was planed down;
Nō te taratara i tōna ‘uru‘uru va‘a, nō reira te pēpe i māineine ei.
The baby was tickled because of the prickliness of his beard.