ta‘u

ta‘u, (-a, -‘ia, -na).

1. Kindle, set fire to, light, ignite, burn, cook in Maori oven, heat in forge or furnace.

Tē ta‘ū ra ‘aia i te umu ‘ei ta‘u i te kai.
He is lighting the oven to bake the food in;

E ta‘u i te tī tā marō.
Burn up the dry rubbish;

Kua ta‘u rāua i te ‘are.
They burned the house down;

Ta‘una tēnā tumu rākau pē.
Burn that rotten tree stump;

Tei te ta‘u ngaika rātou.
They‘re burning lime;

Kia vera te ‘āuri i te ta‘u ka tūpaki ei.
Let the iron get really hot before you start hammering it;

Kua ta‘una ‘aia e te rā.
He got sunburned.

2. Scorching (of the sun).

Kua ta‘u te rā.
The sun is scorching hot.
[Pn. *tafu.]

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