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Wīwī

1. (loan) (location) France - a country in western Europe.

Ā ko Wīwī e minamina ana ki te mea i a ia kia ea ai tana mate i te Tiamana (TW 22/6/1878:310). / France wishes to avenge its defeat by the Germans.

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2. (loan) (modifier) French.

(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 70;)

E kīia ana nō te tau 1603 i tīmataria ai te mahi o tēnei patu, o te pēneti, ā nā ngā iwi Wīwī i kite te mahi o taua patu (TW 23/11/1878:586). / It is said that the use of the weapon, the bayonet, started in the year 1603 and it was the French who invented that weapon.

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3. (loan) (noun) French, Frenchman.

Mehemea, he Wīwī rānei, he Tiamana rānei te Kāwanatanga e tū nei, e kore rawa a ia, a Tawiti, e tautoko i ā rātou kupu (TW 26/10/1878:531). / If the government now in office were Frenchmen or Germans he, Tawiti, would not uphold what they had to say.

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wiwī

1. (noun) somewhere, walkabout - used to indicate indefinite distant localities when linked with wāwā.

See also wīwī

wīwī

1. (noun) knobby clubrush, Isolepis nodosa, sea rush, Juncus kraussii - the name for several species of native plant which grow in stiff, rush-like clumps with tall, shiny, unjointed, wire-like stems with a brownish, tiny, ball-like cluster of seeds near the top of the stem. They are found on moist lands, the sea rush being mostly in coastal marsh and salty sand-flats.

Ka tango ki te pū wīwī, ka rere iho taua wahine nei ki roto ki te kōruarua, ākina iho hoki taua pū wīwī nei (NM 1928:9). / The woman removed the clump of rushes and fled down into the hole and replaced the clump of rushes.

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wīwī

1. (noun) somewhere, distant scattered places, walkabout - used to indicate indefinite distant localities when linked with wāwā.

Kua riro rātou ki wīwī, ki wāwā. / They've gone walkabout.
Hei whakatepe noa i ēnei kōrero ko tā mātou takarure i ngā mihi ā mātou ake ki a koutou i haere mai nei i wīwī, i wāwā ki te kawe mai i ō koutou whakaaro ki tō tātou māpihi maurea (HM 2/1989:2). / To conclude this account is our reiteration of our own thanks to you all who came from scattered places to convey your ideas about our treasure.

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Kaiana Wīwī

1. (loan) (location) French Guyana - a country on the northern South America coast.

(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 188;)

pīne-ā-Wīwī

1. (loan) (noun) French bean.

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