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wahapū

1. (verb) to be eloquent, articulate, well-expressed.

Nāwai rā, wahapū ana ki te kōrero iho (TWMNT 13/3/1877:69). / After a time the talk becomes eloquent.

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2. (modifier) eloquent, articulate, well-expressed.

E ngoto ana te reta wahapū whakahē a Tiramōrehu (TTR 1990:351). / Tiramōrehu's eloquent letter of protest was impassioned.

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3. (noun) eloquence, articulateness.

Kātahi kē te matatau, te wahapū, te mātātoa kē nei o Rina Moore (TTR 2000:124). / Rina Moore was intelligent, eloquent and vivacious.

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4. (noun) mouth (of a bay or river), estuary, harbour.

Kāore e tahuri ki te whakapai ake i tō rātou wahapū, i ngā paipa harihari wai, harihari paru rānei o tō rātou tāone (TP 7/1913:4). / They aren't improving their harbour, the pipes for water reticulation or for carrying the sewage of the town.

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5. (noun) eloquent speaker, articulate speaker, orator.

Waiho mā ngā wahapū, mā ngā kōkō tatakī ngā poroporoaki ki te iwi kāinga (HJ 2017:13). / Leave the farewell speeches to the hosts for the eloquent speakers to do, for the witty orators.

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