1. (noun) grandfathers, grand-uncles, great-uncles, male ancestors - the western dialect form of tīpuna tāne and plural form of tupuna tāne.
He epeepe tonu nei rāua, ā, i te wā e kōhungahunga tonu ana i puta ai te whakahau a wō rāua tūpuna tāne rā, kia taumautia rāua i runga anō i te tikanga o te tomo (TTR 2000:68-69). / They were distant cousins and when they were still quite young their grandfathers decreed that they be betrothed under the customary practice of betrothal.
See also tīpuna tāne