tau‘ētono, (-a, -‘ia).
1. Argue together vehemently, argue over something.
Kua tau‘ētono rāua ē kua moto.
They argued and fought;
Kua tau‘ētono‘ia taua tuatuā ra e te au ‘are kōrero, ē kāre rāi i rauka te tika.
The old historians have debated that legend, but they’ve never got to the bottom of it;
Kua tupu iora te tauetonoanga.
And strife arose (Gen.13.7);
‘E a‘a ‘iōra tā‘au?
What have you to say now?
2. n. Dispute, argument.
Nō te tau‘ētono ia rāua i ‘akatā ‘ia ai.
They were made to fight because they had been disputing.