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mirimiri Play

1. (verb) (-a,-hia,-tia) to assuage, appease, mollify.

Nāna hoki i ārahi a Hīhana ki Waitara ki te mirimiri i ngā Māori o Taranaki (TTR 1994:60). / He also escorted Sheehan to Waitara to appease the Māori of Taranaki.

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2. (verb) (-a,-hia,-tia) to rub, soothe, smooth, stroke, fondle, smear, massage, rub on, rub in.

Kei te mirimiri a Māmā i te tinana o tona tamāhine, o taku tuahine hoki (HP 1991:19). / Mum was massaging the body of her daughter, who was also my sister.

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3. (noun) massage.

Taka rawa mai ki te tau 2000, e whakamāui ake ana ngā tikanga poipoi tamariki, pērā i te oriori me te mirimiri (Te Ara 2016). / In the 2000s parenting practices, such as lullabies and massage were reviving.

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