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1. (noun) kahawai, Arripis trutta - an edible greenish-blue to silvery-white schooling coastal fish with dark markings and spots. Elongated body with a high front dorsal fin.

E hoa, e mōhio ana koe ki te whakataukī mō tēnā, 'He wahine kei uta, he kahawai kei te wai' (TW 30/12/1876:495). / Friend, you know the saying about that, 'A woman on land, a kahawai in the sea' [unpredictable].

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