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titi

1. (verb) (-a) to pierce, stick in upright (as a feather or peg), adorn (with a feather, etc.), shine, fasten with a peg or nail.

Ko ngā patu poto a te hokowhitu nei i huna ki muri i ngā tuarā, i titia iho ki roto i ngā tātua kōtara (JPS 1910:200). / The one hundred and forty men concealed their short clubs behind their backs, stuck in their war-belts.

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2. (verb) to shine, twinkle.

E hau kore ana te pō, e titi ana ngā whetū, e whiti ana te marama, he wā paki (KA 1/1/1862:23). / It was a windless night, the stars were twinkling, the moon was shining, and the weather was fine.

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3. (noun) peg, pin.

Hongaia ngā titi kia kore ai ngā taura o te tēneti e pahuhu (PK 2008:128). / Tilt the pegs so that the ropes of the tent don't slip off.

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4. (noun) long streaky cloud.

Ka tirohia ngā titi o te rangi (W 1971:425). / The long streaky clouds of the sky were observed.

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tītī

1. (verb) to squeak, make a sharp barely audible sound.

Ka tītī te kiore i roto i te raupō (W 1971:414). / The mouse squeaked in the raupō.

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2. (noun) muttonbird, sooty shearwater, Puffinus griseus, young of the sooty shearwater - a grey-faced petrel with a long slender bill hooked at the tip and silvery-grey flash on the underwings, which nests in underground burrows.

(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 14-16;)

E rua ngā mahinga tītī: ko te nanao ki te pī i te rua; ko te rama pī ka puea i o rātou rua (Te Ara 2011). / There are two stage in harvesting muttonbirds (sooty shearwaters): nanao, when chicks are extracted from their burrows; and rama, when the chicks are caught by torchlight when they come out of their burrows.

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3. (noun) Cook's petrel, Pterodroma cookii - a uncommon endemic seabird found around Stewart island and in NE North Island. Has a white forehead, scaled grey on forecrown. Dark eye patch and crown and upperparts pale grey with M across wings. Black bill long and fine.

tītī

1. (noun) stick used to play tī rākau.

tītī

1. (noun) uppermost lines of moko on the forehead.

Nōwhea e oti i a ia, i a Te Māhuki, ngā pūhoro, me ngā peke-ngārara - ngā pūtaringa, te ngū, ngā tītī, ngā tīwhana, me ērā atu hanga (KO 14/4/1883:5). / There was no way that he, Te Māhuki, could complete the tattoos on the thighs, on the limbs, the marks under the ears, on the side of the nose, the uppermost lines on the forehead, the lines above the eyebrows, and other ornamentation.

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manawa tītī

1. (noun) one of great stamina.

Ka kīia te tangata māia he 'manawa tītī', nā te mea ko tērā manu te tītī he manu ka āhei te rērere i te moana nui mō te wā roa (A 2017). / A brave person is said to be a manawa tītī because that bird, the mutton bird, can fly over the ocean for a long time.

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tītī tōrea

1. (noun) game played with sticks thrown in time to a song.

See also tī rākau

tītī wainui

1. (noun) fairy prion, Pachyptila turtur - a small seabird with blue-grey upperparts with a bold black M across the wings. The tail is broadly tipped black.

pū titi

1. (noun) single-barrelled flintlock gun.

titi taranaki

1. (noun) radiating streaky clouds - a sign of bad weather.

He tohu āwhā ngā kapua titi taranaki (Te Ara 2015). / Radiating streaky clouds indicate stormy weather.

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