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kāwei Play

1. (noun) shoot (of a creeper or gourd plant), tentacle.

Ka whakangeingei te kāwei o te hue (W 1971:233). / The tentacle of the gourd plant stretched forth.

See also kāwai

2. (noun) line of descent, lineage, pedigree.

Ko ngā toronga o te kāwei o Hōri, i toro atu ki Waikato, ki a Ngāti Maru hoki i Hauraki (KA 1/1/1861:17). / The branches of George's lineage included Waikato and the Ngāti Maru tribe in Hauraki.

See also kāwai

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Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary and Index by John C Moorfield. This dictionary comprises a selection of modern and everyday language that will be extremely useful for learners of the Māori language.

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