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ihi

1. (noun) essential force, excitement, thrill, power, charm, personal magnetism - psychic force as opposed to spiritual power (mana).

E ai ki te mahara ake o tētehi o te minenga ki a Mere e wani mai ana i te whatārangi kia tū ai ki te aroaro-ā-kapa, ki reira haka tahi atu ai me rātau me te puta o te ihi, o te wana (TTR 1998:1) / One member of the audience remembered Mere gliding across the stage to stand in the front row of the haka group to join them in the haka with great excitement and gusto.

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2. (noun) ray (of the sun), beam of light.

Ka whakatakotoria ki te rua o te rā te māhanga. I raro anō te rā, ko te huruhuru ka puta. I raro anō te rā, ko te ihi i puta ake. Ka puta ake te upoko, ka puta ake te kakī. Ka karangatia e Māui, kia kumea te māhanga (Tr 1874:40). / The noose was set at the pit of the sun. The sun was still down when the diffused glow appeared and it was still down when the beam of light appeared. The head appeared and then the neck. Then Māui called out to pull the noose.

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īhi

1. (loan) (noun) yeast.

...kotahi koata mōrahihi, e rua aunihi kirīmi tāta, e 3 aunihi tinitia, 1/2 pāuna īhi pai... (TJ 8/12/1898:7). / ...one quart of molasses, 2 ounces of cream of tartar, 3 ounces of ginger, half a pound of good yeast.
Ko tā te īhi, he huri i te huka hei waiwaihā, hei hauhā hoki (RP 2009:221). / Yeast converts sugar to alcohol and carbon dioxide (RP 2009:221).

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ihi

1. (verb) (-a) to split, divide, separate, strip.

Ka whai atu a Māui, ka ihi te kauae o Murirakawhenua (Tr 1874:39). / Māui took the jawbone of Murirangawhenua and split it in two.

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ihi

1. (noun) front, entrance (of a house).

Ko Māui he tahe, he toto, he tamaiti materoto, nō te ahiahi ka kawea e te kōkā ki te ihi o te whare ki reira iri ai (JPS 1929:16). / Māui was an aborted, stillborn child who was hung by the mother at nightfall in the front of the house.

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wariwari

1. (noun) piper, Hyporhamphus ihi - elongated endemic fish with lower jaw extended and beak-like. Greenish to green-blue above, pale white below, with broad silver band on side. Dorsal and anal fins set well back on body. Found in coastal waters around Aotearoa/New Zealand and Chatham Islands at depths of 0-10 m.

See also takeke

takeke

1. (noun) piper, Hyporhamphus ihi - elongated endemic fish with lower jaw extended and beak-like. Greenish to green-blue above, pale white below, with broad silver band on side. Dorsal and anal fins set well back on body. Found in coastal waters around Aotearoa/New Zealand and Chatham Islands at depths of 0-10 m.

I te mutunga o tā mātou hao takeke i Rāpaki, he one pai, ka mea atu ahau ki taku pāpā, "Ko te wake ahau ki te kāinga." (TWK 15:4). / When we had finished netting piper fish at Rāpaki, a nice beach, I said to my father, "I am walking home."

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2. (noun) full-grown common smelt, Retropinna retropinna - slender small silvery endemic freshwater fish that move about in shoals and growing to about 165 mm long. Found throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand. Spawn in the reaches of rivers in summer and autum then dying. Lavae washed to sea, some returning with whitebait, others returning only as adults.

See also pōrohe

hangenge

1. (noun) piper, Hyporhamphus ihi - elongated endemic fish with lower jaw extended and beak-like. Greenish to green-blue above, pale white below, with broad silver band on side. Dorsal and anal fins set well back on body. Found in coastal waters around Aotearoa/New Zealand and Chatham Islands at depths of 0-10 m.

See also takeke

ihe

1. (noun) piper, Hyporhamphus ihi - elongated endemic fish with lower jaw extended and beak-like. Greenish to green-blue above, pale white below, with broad silver band on side. Dorsal and anal fins set well back on body. Found in coastal waters around Aotearoa/New Zealand and Chatham Islands at depths of 0-10 m.

See also takeke

karehā

1. (noun) piper, Hyporhamphus ihi - elongated endemic fish with lower jaw extended and beak-like. Greenish to green-blue above, pale white below, with broad silver band on side. Dorsal and anal fins set well back on body. Found in coastal waters around Aotearoa/New Zealand and Chatham Islands at depths of 0-10 m.

See also takeke

wehi

1. (verb) (-ngia) to be awesome, afraid, fear.

Ko te take tuatoru i kore ai te Maori e tohu taonga he wehi nō te Maori kei kīia ia he hākere, he matapiko, he kaiponu (TP 7/1907:4). / The third reason that the Māori would not accumulate possessions is the fear that they might be said to be stingy, mean and covetous.

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See also ka mau te wehi!


2. (verb) to be terrible.

Ka wehi ngā kākahu o te wahine rā, tāwekoweko ana (W 1971:407). / The clothes of that woman are terrible, they're quite ragged.

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3. (noun) dread, fear, something awesome, a response of awe in reaction to ihi.

He mea whakairo hoki, he mea kōwhaiwhai, he mea tukutuku, hei pupuri i te ātanga, i te wehi, i te haratau o ērā taonga a ō tātau tīpuna i roto i tēnei o ngā whare o te Atua (TTT 1/12/1925:336). / And it was carved and decorated with rafter paintings and lattice-work to retain the beauty, awesomeness and relevance of those treasures of our ancestors in this particular house of God.

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