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ao

1. (verb) to dawn.

(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 175-180;)

Ao kau te rā, ka kitea e te tangata whenua e kī ana, “He kaipuke Pākehā e teretere mai!” (JPS 1990:147). / Day had barely dawned when the local people saw them saying, “A Pākehā ship is fast approaching!”

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2. (modifier) bright.

(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 175-180;)

He whetū ao tēnei ka tata mai (W 1971:11). / This was a bright star approaching.

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3. (noun) world, globe, global.

(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 175-180;)

E kīia ana kei ētahi wāhi o te ao ētahi, he hokohoko māti te mahi (TTT 1/11/1929:1919). / It is said that in some parts of the world there are some whose job is selling matches.

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4. (noun) Earth.

He mea porotaka nui whakahara te Ao nei; ehara i te mea tino porotaka rawa, nō te mea e āhua papatahi ana ngā pito (TWMNT 5/6/1877:143). / The Earth is round, but it's not as if it's exactly round because the poles are somewhat flat.

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5. (noun) day, daytime - as opposed to night.

Ka kau te wahine nei i Raukawa, te pō, te ao, te pō, te ao (JPS 1985:148). / This woman swam in Cooks Strait for many nights and days.

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6. (noun) cloud.

He ao te rangi ka uhia, he huruhuru te manu ka rere (NP 2001:65). / As clouds cover the sky, so feathers adorn the bird. (A whakatauākī said by Tamaterangi when he considered he didn't have suitable garments to be able to stand and speak.)

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ao

1. (verb) (-hia,-tia) to scoop up with both hands.

Ka kite a Mereana i te pua o te rātā e mānu ana i te tapa o te wai, ka aohia e ōna ringa, ka kainga (TWMNT 27/3/1877:77). / Mereana, seeing a number of rātā flowers floating on the edge of the water, scooped them up in her hands and sucked them.

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2. (verb) (-hia,-whia) to take in quantities, transfer (gravel, etc.).

Ka rewa ngā whetū ki runga, ka puta taua hau; haere tonu mai te hau me te hukawaitara, ka aohia te kirikiri o te moana ki te tuawhenua - kino rawa atu (JPS 1914:1). / When the stars came out, the wind arose, and with it the hail, the gravel of the sea was driven on shore - it was a severe gail.

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ao

1. (verb) to bark (of a dog).

Nō te whiowhiotanga, nō te moimoitanga, ka ao mai a Irawaru (White2 1889:79). / When he whistled and gave dog calls, Irawaru barked.

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ao te pō, pō te ao

1. all the time, day and night, around the clock.

Ao te pō, pō te ao, heoi anō tāu he amuamu. / Day and night, all you do is moan.

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ao ahupūngao

1. (noun) physical world.

ao whānui

1. worldwide, global.

ao kōhatu

1. (noun) stone age, ancient world, old world.

Ko te reo Māori o taua wā, nō te ao kōhatu tonu, e ora tonu ana ngā koroheke (HM 2/2009:1). / The Māori language of that period was from the stone age and the elderly men were still alive.

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ao ake

1. (noun) next day, on the following day.

Ao ake, e pūhana tonu te ngārehu o te ahi (PK 2008:694). / Next day the embers were still glowing.

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ao tukupū

1. (noun) universe.

Ko te ao tukupū te ātea me ngā mea katoa o roto, pērā i ngā whetū, ngā aorangi, ngā kapua haurehu, ngā kōkiri, ngā momo pūngao tae mai ki a Papatūānuku me ōna āhuatanga, ōna rauropi katoa (RP 2009:167). / The universe is space and everything that exists therein, such as the stars, planets, gas clouds, meteors, energy, including the Earth and all that exists on and around it (RP 2009:167).

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ao pāpāho

1. (noun) press, media.

ao tūroa

1. (noun) light of day, world, Earth, nature, enduring world, natural world.

Moriānuku: ——He puke kei Te Rerenga Wairua. Hei reira ngā wairua poroparoaki mai ai ki te ao tūroa (M 2004:204). / Moriānuku: A hill at Te Rerenga Wairua (The Leaping Place of Spirits). There the spirits bid farewell to the natural world.

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ao mārama

1. (noun) world of life and light, Earth, physical world.

"Me aha tātau, e whakatipu uri ai tātau ki te ao mārama nei?” Ka mea tētahi, “Me kimi te uha hei tango i tō tātau āhua, hei whakatipu uri ki te ao mārama nei." (M 206:198). / "What must we do to propagate progeny in this world of light and life?" One said, "We must search for the female to take our likeness, and to propagate progeny in this world of light and life."

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ao rawa

1. (noun) material world.

ao rauropi

1. (noun) biosphere.

ao moemoeā

1. (noun) surrealism, dream world - sometimes used as a name for Australia.

ao hangarau

1. (noun) technological world.

ao-mārama

1. (noun) world of life and light, Earth, physical world.

See also ao mārama

pepe ao uri

1. (noun) common blue butterfly, Zizina labradus labradus - common in gardens and farmland in the North Island and north and west of the South Island.

pō noa, ao noa

1. all the time, day and night, around the clock.

He pukumahi a Pānia, ka mahi ia pō noa, ao noa. / Pānia’s a hard worker, she works around the clock.

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pō noa te ao

1. all the time, day and night, around the clock.

Kei te mahi koe, pō noa te ao. / You’re working all the time.

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