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waiata tira

1. (noun) choral song - songs sung as a choir without actions.

He mema a Pirimi nō te rōpū waiata tira o Ōtaki (TTR 1998:181). / Pirimi was a member of the Ōtaki Choral Society.

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tira waiata

1. (noun) choir.

Nō te tau 1939 i nuku atu a Tuīni ki Ākarana mō te wā poto, ā, i reira ka hono atu ia ki tētahi tira waiata, he nui te mahi pāho mai i te reo irirangi (TTR 2000:132). / In 1939 Tuīni moved to Auckland for a short time, where she joined a choir that made frequent radio broadcasts.

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