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mau rākau

1. (verb) to wield weapons.

E tino kitea ana te tohungatanga o ētahi kapa ki te mau rākau (RMR 2017). / The expertise of some haka groups at wielding weapons is very obvious.

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2. (modifier) armed, wielding weapons.

He toa mau rākau hoki, he tangata hikareia (TTR 1990:251). / And he had military prowess and a forceful personality.

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3. (noun) Māori weaponry.

E ākona ana te mau rākau i te kura, he mahi whai oranga mā ngā ākonga (RMR 2017). / Māori weaponry is taught in school as an activity for the welfare of the pupils.

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