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whewhera

1. (verb) (-hia,-ngia) to open out, spread out, fan out.

Ka whewhera te minita i tana Rāwiri, ka tīmata ki te waiata. / The minister opened his Prayer Book and began to sing.

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Synonyms: marake, pūaha, tuwhera, māhorahora, matata, matatea, tīwhera, areare, kohera, tuhera, wātea, whakaareare, whakapuare, uaki, mawhera, koraha, mārakerake, kohea, ango, puare, tīwara, tūmatanui, pawhera, hemahema, whakatuwhera, whakatuhera, huaki, poare, hīrikore, are, pōaha, puakaha, raha, tūraha, tawhera


2. (verb) to stretch wide apart (of the legs).

Meinga ana e koe tōu ātaahua kia whakariharihangia, whewhera tonu ōu waewae ki ngā tāngata e haere ana i tōu taha (PT Ehekiera 16:25). / Thou hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feet to every one that passed by.

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3. (noun) splitting wedge.

Ka tū a Huahua ka karanga atu ki a Tiriwā, "Tiriwā e! Māu te titi, māku te whewhera." Ka utua e Tiriwā, "Māu anō tāu titi, māku anō taku whewhera." (NIT 1995:357). / Huahua stood up and called out to Tiriwā, "Tiriwā! You are the entering wedge, and I will be the splitting wedge." Tiriwā replied, "You be your own entering wedge, and I will be my own splitting wedge." (NIT 1995:356).

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