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kotahi

1. (numeral) be one, single, alone, 1.

Ki te kotahi te kākaho ka whati, ki te kāpuia, e kore e whati. (Nā Kīngi Tāwhiao tēnei tongi). / If there is but one toetoe stem it will break, but if they are together in a bundle they will never break. (This saying is by King Tāwhiao).

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2. (stative) be united.

Ahakoa kei te kauwhau a Rātana kia kotahi te iwi Māori, nō te taenga atu o tana kaiwhakahaere ki te hui a Ngāi Tahu i Tuahiwi kite ana ia kāore i kotahi te whakaaro mō te haina i te kawenata (TTT 1/2/1925:186). / Despite Rātana's preaching that the Māori people be united, when his organiser arrived at the gathering of Ngāi Tahu at Tuahiwi he saw that there was not unity concerning the signing of the covenant.

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pū kotahi

1. (noun) full house (cards) - a hand that contains three matching cards of one rank and two matching cards of another rank. Between two full houses, the one with the higher-ranking three cards wins.

whare kotahi

1. (noun) single suit, flush (cards) - a poker hand where all five cards are of the same suit, but not in sequence. The highest-ranking card of two flushes are compared to determine the winner.

Waka Kotahi

1. New Zealand Transport Agency.

kotahi tāra

1. (loan) (noun) one dollar coin, one dollar.

penihana matua kotahi

1. (loan) (noun) domestic purposes benefit (DPB).

kotahi atu (ana)

1. straight for, directly to, made a beeline for, straight there - used to indicate that something is going straight to a place.

(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 181;)

Kotahi atu te pōro ki te kōhao. / The ball went straight for the hole.
Rongo ana i te kōrero kotahi atu ana ki ētahi atu, kōrero atu ai tē aro atu ki te pono, ki te kore rānei i pono o tāna i rongo ai. / Once he hears something he makes a beeline for others without consideration for the veracity or not of what he heard.

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kotahi mai (ana)

1. straight for, straight here, straight for me, make a beeline for me - an idiom used to indicate that something is going straight towards the speaker.

(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 181;)

Kotahi mai ana ki te whakaatu mai e aha kē ana ngā iwi o reira. / They made a beeline for me, to tell me what the people there were doing.

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kotahi rau tāra

1. (loan) one hundred dollar note, $100.

hautau nui ake i te kotahi

1. (noun) improper fraction.

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