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honu

1. (noun) turtle, Caretta caretta and Dermochelys coriacea - occasional visitors to Aotearoa/New Zealand waters. Turtles have thick, bony shells covered with large, closely-fitting smooth plates.

Kitea ai te honu i te whānuitanga atu o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa (PK 2008:128). / The turtle is found throughout the Pacific Ocean.

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honu

1. (stative) be deep.

Ka keri a Māui ki te awa, ā, ka honu, ka kī atu tērā ki te wahine, kia haere rāua (Tr 1874:39). / Māui dug a canal and when it was deep he said to the woman that they should go.

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2. (noun) depth, deepness.

Kāore i rerekē atu tana whakaatu mai i te honu o te tangi o tana whatumanawa, e mau mai ana i ngā kupu o ngā waiata pērā i tana waiata, i ‘Te Kotahitanga rā e’. (TTR 2000:133) / There was no difference in the way she showed the depth of her feelings containd in the words of songs such as ‘Te Kotahitanga rā e’.

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