tatā

tatā, (-‘ia, tāia).

1. Fight one another.

‘Aere ki va‘o mē ka tatā kōrua.
Go outside if you two want to fight;

‘E ngā puakaoa tatā putuputu tērā mē ‘ārāvei rāua.
Those two dogs are always fighting when they meet;

Nō te tatā mai rāua i ta‘atai.
They’ve been fighting on the beach.

2. Wash clothes (often by beating or pounding).

‘Aere tatā‘ia tō piripou ‘anga‘anga ki te vai.
Go and wash your working trousers. Pu‘a tatā kāka‘u, washing soap. Tāpu tatā kāka‘u, washtub.

3. v.i. Washed.

Kua tatā tō pona repo?
Is your dirty shirt washed?

4. v.t. Bail, dash or scoop water out.

Kā tomo tō tātou vaka mē kāre kōrua e tatā i te tai ki va‘o.
The canoe will sink if you don’t bail the water out;

Tatā‘ia te vai ta‘ito ki va‘o ka ‘akakī ei ki te vai ‘ōu.
Scoop the old water out before you fill it with fresh water.

5. Bailer, container used to scoop water out.

‘E paoti te tatā i te riu.
A tin was used to bail out the bilge;

‘Ōmai i te tatā riu.
Pass me the bailer.

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