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wai tai

1. (noun) sea water, salt water.

Ka kitea atu te mahi a te aua e ngote ana i te wai tai (HP 1991:16). / Lots of yellow-eyed mullet were seen sucking the sea water.

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ngongo wai

1. (noun) water hose.

I te porohīanga ngā tamariki i te ngongo wai (Ng 1993:161). / The children fooled about with the hose.

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peita wai

1. (loan) (noun) water paint.

Ko te peita wai: Ko te ranunga o te kano me te wai, ā, i te nuinga o te wā, he pūataata te āhua o tēnei momo peita. Ka kīia ko te peita waikino te mahinga toi ka hua ake i te whakamahinga o tēnei momo peita (RTA 2014:131). / Water paint: The mixture of colour with water and usually this type of paint is transparent. The art work resulting from the use of this type of paint is called a watercolour.

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wai

1. (noun) water, juice, liquid.

Pēhia ai te tahā ki raro i te wai kia kore ai e uru he hamuti ki roto (TTT 1/12/1929). / The calabash was pushed down into the water so that excrement would not enter.

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2. (noun) stream, creek, river.

Ka haupū te kupenga tawhito ki uta, ki ngā parenga o ngā wai tauraki ai ki te rā, ka maroke, ka pakapaka (TP 1/1/1901:6). / The old net lies in a heap on the shore and on the banks of streams to dry in the sun. It dries out and is baked.

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3. (noun) tears.

Kai te pūheke mai te wai i aku kamo (TW 26/1/1875:12). / The tears are flowing from my eyes.

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wai-inu

1. (noun) drinking water.

I herea e rātou a Tango mō ngā rā e rua kāhore he kai, kāhore he wai-inu i hoatu e rātou ki a ia, i whakapaea anō e rātou nā Tango i paihana a Toko ki tōna mahi mākutu (KO 22/2/1887:6). / They tied up Tango for two days without food and drinking water, and they accused Tango of poisoning Toko with his sorcery.

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pata wai

1. (noun) drop of water.

Nana, ko ngā iwi, ānō he pata wai i roto i te pēre! (PT Ihaia 40:15). / Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket!

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wai tote

1. (loan) (noun) salty water, brine.

Ka mutu tēnā ka waiho i rō wai tote (TTT 1/10/1927:699). / When that's done leave it in salty water.

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mano wai

1. (noun) deep running water, disaster.

He rākau ka hinga ki te mano wai (W 1971:176). / A tree fallen into the deep running water.

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wai māori

1. (noun) freshwater, mineral water.

E kīia ana, kua tae mai ngā ika o Karapōnia, e kīa nei, he tarauta (e pēnei ana me te kōkopu wai māori a te Māori) ā kua tukua atu aua ika ki tētahi o ngā roto i Waikato (TW 2/11/1878:546). / It is reported that fish from California have arrived, which are called trout (and are like the Maori’s fresh water kōkopu) and those fish have been released in one of the lakes in Waikato.

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wai whakaika

1. (noun) ritual waters - pool where rites are performed to ensure that knowledge is retained.

Ka kawea ki te wai kotikoti, arā ki te wai whakaika (W 1971:76). / He was taken to the special water, that is to the ritual pool.

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tāngia te wai o [tō] waha

1. bail the water from your mouth, wash out your mouth  – a strong idiom to reprimand someone for what they have said.

Me kōrero kē koe ki tō tama, ka kī atu kia tāngia te wai o tana waha. / You should talk instead to your son and tell him to wash out his mouth.

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kōrere wai

1. (noun) spouting, gutter, tap, funnel, water pipe.

I te 8 o ngā rā o Tīhema nei, ka ngaoko te whenua o Whanganui nei i te rū, ā, i pakaru ko ngā kōrere wai mai ki te tāone, i kino katoa (TJ 4/1/1898:6). / On the 8th December the land here at Whanganui shook from the earthquake and the water pipes to the town were badly damaged.

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2. (noun) tap, faucet, valve.

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