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wai

1. (personal noun) who? whom?.

(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 2-3, 30-31, 82-83;)

Nā wai tēnei pene? / Whose pen is this?

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2. (personal noun) what? (for people's names).

(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 2-3;)

Ko wai tōna ingoa? / What's her name?

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3. (personal noun) who? - when asking for a person's second name.

Ko Hone wai? Ko Hone Kī. / John who? John Key.

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4. (personal noun) and others - used when the speaker cannot, or does not want to, give all names.

Ko Tiāre, ko Hōri, ko wai ake i roto i te tīma tuatahi. / There was Charlie, George and others in the first team.

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wai

1. (noun) traditional song (short for waiata).

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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pūkohu wai

1. (noun) algae.

Kāore e mōhiotia ana he aha e ngaruru ai te pūkohu wai i ētahi wā (RP 2009:339). / It is not known why algae becomes prolific at certain times.

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kānga wai

1. (loan) (noun) fermented corn eaten as a delicacy.

Tērā atu anō ētahi kai a te Māori, te kōuka, te pikopiko, te tuna, te kōtero, te taro - kāore aku kupu mō ēnei - engari me whakahua ake pea e au te kānga wai, te kānga kōpiro (TKO 30/6/1919:7). / There are other foods of the Māori, cabbage tree shoots, fern shoots, eel, fermented potatoes and taro - I have nothing to say about these - but perhaps I should mention corn steeped in water, fermented maize.

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kiri wai

1. (noun) inner skin.

See also kiriwai

māhunga wai

1. (verb) to be forgetful.

Kua māhunga wai, kua hē ngā rā (HJ 2015:13). / She's forgetful, she's losing it.

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2. (noun) dipstick, idiot, forgetful person - a colloquialism used to refer to someone flaky.

He māhunga wai, he wareware ki ngā mea katoa (HJ 2017:58). / A forgetful person, she forgets everything.

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mate wai

1. (verb) to be thirsty.

See also matewai

pā wai

1. (noun) dam.

I te tekau tau atu i 1970, ka parea ngā wai e rere iho ana i Tongariro ki te awa o Whanganui, kia rere kē ki ngā pā wai o Tongariro (Te Ara 2011). / In the 1970s the water flowing from Mount Tongariro into the Whanganui River was diverted to flow instead to the dams of Tongariro.

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puta wai

1. (noun) plughole.

retireti wai

1. (noun) waterskiing.

wai ārani

1. (loan) (noun) orange juice.

Tae atu mātou e nui tonu ana te tai, nā ka hī mātou, nā, ka unu i ā mātou wai ārani (TWK 24:28). / When we arrived the tide was in, we fished and drank our orange juice.

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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 rēmana

1. (loan) (noun) lemon juice, lime juice.

Ko te mate hēramana nei, arā ko te kawei, ora katoa i te wai rēmana (Popi 1896:10). / As for scurvy, the sailors’ disease, that can easily be cured by lime juice.

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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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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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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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wai kakara

1. (noun) scent, perfume, fragrance, aftershave.

Ka mutu tēnā mahi, ka tahuri ia ki te whakapīata i ōna hū, ki te hinu i ōna makawe, ki te pani hoki i a ia ki te wai kakara (TWK 1:12). / When that task was finished he began to shine his shoes, to oil his hair and to apply himself with aftershave.

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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.

wai ngārahu

1. (noun) charcoal pigment (for moko).

'A kite iho au tō kiri i ahua ki te wai ngārahu, tō mata i haea ki te uhi matarau (M 2004:256). / I see your skin which was treated with charcoal pigment, and your face incised with the multi-pointed chisel.

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