tete

tete, (-a, -‘ia). Chip with a knife (pearl-shell, to remove embedded fragments or bubbles).

E tete i te pārau kia mā meitaki ka ‘apai mai ei ka paunu.
Chip the pearl-shell quite clean before you bring it to be weighed;

Ko te aronga tete pārau, ‘ē toru pene tā rātou i te paunu.
The pearl-shell chippers get threepence a pound.

Tetea te pārau kia mā.
Chip the pearl-shells clean.

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