vāvā‘i

vāvā‘i, (-a, -‘ia), fq.vā‘i. Split, break apart, open, divide, open (door, etc.), operate on (patient).

E tari i te va‘ie ki kō mē oti i te vāvā‘i.
Carry the bits of firewood over there when you’ve split them up;

Tē vāvā‘i nei mātou i tēia patu ta‘ito.
We are breaking down this old wall;

Vāvā‘ia te māramarama kia ‘aere mai te reva meitaki ki roto.
Open the windows so that the fresh air can get in;

Tē vāvā‘i ‘uri tōmāti nei mātou.
We are transplanting tomato plants. Taote vāvā‘i maki, surgeon. Pi‘a vāvā‘i‘anga tangata, operating theatre.
[vā‘i Rr.]

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