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moana

1. (noun) sea, ocean, large lake.

Kei te mōhio katoa rātau ki ngā tauranga tāmure, tauranga tarakihi, tauranga hāpuku me ērā atu ika o te moana (TWK 54:3). / They know all the fishing grounds for snapper, tarakihi, groper and those other fish of the sea.

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Synonyms: tahuaroa, tai, moana waiwai, mātai, au, Tahuaroa, moana tuauriuri

moana

1. (verb) to be uneven.

I moana tētahi taha o te rua (W 1971:204). / One side of the pit was uneven.

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2. (noun) roof of a kūmara storehouse.

tauā moana

1. (noun) navy.

Nō muri mai, ka tangohia e te taua moana roera o Aotearoa te rangi mō tā rātou hīkoi pōrori (TTR 1996:257). / Later the tune was adopted by the Royal New Zealand Navy as their slow march.

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Synonyms: pukepoto, ōrangiuri


2. (modifier) naval.

Rokohina atu ko Te Arawa rātau ko ngā hōia a te kāwanatanga me ngā waka taua moana o Peretānia e tū mai ana (TTR 1994:152). / Te Arawa and the government troops, with British naval vessels standing by, came upon them.

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kūiti moana

1. (noun) (geography) sound.

papa moana

1. (noun) seabed.

toke moana

1. (noun) thorny worm, Glycera americana - a large slender species found in mud at low tide. Sometimes grows to 600 mm.


2. (noun) zebra earthworm, Notoscolex equestris - earthworm with zebra-like bands of pale cream alternating with purplish-brown. Found on Poor Knights Islands.

weri moana

1. (noun) sea centipede, Perinereis novaehollandiae - grows to 205 mm and is long and common under stones at low tide.

punga moana

1. (noun) cup coral, Caryophillia profunda - simple corals, each cup representing the skelton base of a polyp. Found in deep water.

Raukawa Moana

1. (location) Cook Strait.

(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 78;)

takutai moana

1. (noun) coast, foreshore and seabed.

I tōia ki te awa ka mānu mai ki te takutai moana, ka tōia mā te waka ki Whāngārā (TTR 1990:16). / It was hauled to the river and floated to the coast, and towed by canoe to Whāngārā.

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huru moana

1. (noun) freshwater hydra, Hydra viridis - a solitary polyp about 10 mm long, usually found attached to the under surfaces of water plants in ponds and streams. An animal similar to a sea anemone consisting of a hollow cylinder with a mouth surrounded by tentacles.

porotaka moana

1. (noun) globe sponge, Tethya aurantium - brilliant orange spong resembling a golf ball. Common in lower intertidal rocky zone attached under boulders and to the roofs of caverns.

mate moana

1. (noun) sea sickness.

ika moana

1. (noun) whale - a general term.

Ka kitea te ika moana e pae ana i uta (W 1971:76). / The whale was found stranded on the shore.

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kōtore moana

1. (noun) red sea anemone, Actinia tenebrosa - the most common species of sea anemone found in the waters of eastern Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Found relatively high on the seashore, in rock pools, and various cracks and shaded surfaces in the intertidal zone. Deep red or reddish-brown colour and when expanded has a circle of numerous pink tentacles.

kakau moana

1. (noun) gummy weed, Splachnidium rugosum - a little brown seaweed found on intertidal rocks all around the coast of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Its tubular fronds are full of sticky gum, which protects the seaweed from shrivelling up when the tide is out.

kai moana

1. (noun) seafood, shellfish.

Synonyms: kaimoana, mātaitai

kanohi moana

1. (noun) sea-gooseberry, Pleurobrachia pileus - a free-swimming transparent animal resembling a jelly-fish, but with eight external bands of short comb-like structures which run from top to bottom of the oval or pear-shaped animal. The body is 15-50 mm long.

kakaru moana

kūreperepe moana

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