namu1. Mosquito, gnat, midge.
1. n. Kua ‘akakī‘ia te au va‘arua i runga i te au tumu rākau ki te one kia kore te namu e ‘ānau ki roto. The holes in the tree trunks were filled with sand so that mosquitoes couldn’t breed in them. Ika kai namu, the mosquito fish. Taote namu, mosquito control officer.
Kua tūtaka te au taote namu i te ‘ōire i te au marama kātoatoa.
The mosquito control staff went around the village every month;
‘E pō namu tēia.
There are a lot of mosquitoes about tonight.
2. v.i. Tukuna tō
; tāinamu, kā namu pa‘a.
Let your net down, there may be mosquitoes about. (See namu-namu1, tāinamu.) [Pn. *namu.]