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taitamariki

1. (verb) to be young.

I a ia e taitamariki tonu ana, haere ai rātou i ngā raorao o Waimate i Taranaki ki te patu moa (TTR 1990:93). / When he was still young they went to the Waimate Plain in Taranaki to hunt moa.

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2. (modifier) young.

Kāore i tukua e ia te mana whakahaere ki ōna whanaunga taitamariki, kei kaipukutia, kei hokona te whenua kia whiwhi moni ai (TTR 1994:85). / He did not give control to his younger kin, lest they became greedy for a quick return and sold the land.

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3. (noun) youth, teenagers, young person (of either sex), adolescent.

Ko tōna āhua, koia tēnei: He kiritea, he taitamariki (e 30 pea ōna tau), he pāhau anō ōna, he ira kei te pāpāringa mauī, e rua hoki ngā ira kei te kakī, kei te taha ki katau (TWMNT 7/3/1876:59). / His appearance is as follows: He is fair skinned, youthful (approximately 30 years old), he has a beard, a freckle on the left cheek and two freckles on the neck on the right side.

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tai-

1. Prefix which sometimes has a qualifying force, e.g. taitamariki (youth, teenagers), but sometimes having no apparent effect, e.g. taiheke (slope).

Ko te tikanga ake o te kupu koia rā he taitamariki (TP 5/1909:1). / The actual meaning of the word is youth.

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