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hihiri

1. (verb) (-tia) to eagerly desire, long for, spring up, rise up (of thoughts).

Kaua hei hihiri rawa ki te kai waipiro (TTT 1/3/1930:2005). / Don't be too eager to drink alcohol.

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2. (verb) to be laborious, brisk, assiduous, diligent, persistent, determined.

Ka hihiri rātou ki te haere ki Ākarana i te wehi i a rātou (TWMNT 2/12/1871:19). / They were determined to go to Auckland because of the fear of them.

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3. (verb) to be dynamic, energetic, spirited.

I hihiri tana akiaki i tōna iwi, i a Waikato ki te whakauru atu ki te taua tautiaki i te toi whenua (TTR 1996:82). / He energetically urged his Waikato people to join the Home Guard.

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4. (modifier) energetic, dynamic, spirited, lively.

He tangata hihiri, he tangata marohi hoki a Tame (TTR 1994:98). / Tommy was an energetic and strong man.

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5. (noun) desire, longing.

He tangata māhorahora noa nei ia ki te whaikōrero, kitea ake ana hoki tōna hihiri ki ngā mahi tahua (TTR 2000:102). / He was a natural orator and his acumen at financial work was evident.

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Hihirī

1. (location) Sicily - a large Italian island in the Mediterranean off the south-western tip of Italy.

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

Hihiri

1. (loan) (location) Sicily.

Ka tata te rā te huri te tau ka puta te hari nui i ngā tini tāngata o Itari ki te tonga, arā o Karaparia me te moutere of Hihiri… (TP 1/1909:6). / As the day approached for the new year, there was great joy amongst the many people of southern Italy, that is, of Calabria and the island of Sicily…

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