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kōtiro

1. (verb) to be a girl.

Koirā hoki tana mahi i a Arthur Yates & Co. Ltd., i Ākarana, i te wā i a ia e kōtiro ana (HP 1991:150). / That was her job at Arthur Yates & Co. Ltd. in Auckland when she was a girl.

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2. (modifier) as a girl.

I haere kōtiro atu ki te tahatū o te rangi, nāwai nāwai ā, ka hoki rūruhi mai ki te wā kāinga (HJ 2015:117). / She went off to the horizon as a girl, and after a long time she returned home as an elderly woman.

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3. (noun) girl.

Nō te whānautanga o Te Ataihaea, he kōtiro, kua hiahia tō mātau māmā kia riro mai i a ia hai whāngai māna (HP 1991:19). / When Te Ataihaea, a girl, was born our mother wanted to adopt her as a foster child.

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4. (noun) daughter.

Kātahi ka titiro atu te rangatira o te pā nei ki tana kōtiro ka hoi noa atu ki tawhiti o te pā (NM 1928:143). / Then the chief of this pā noticed that his daughter was a long way away from the pā.

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