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matewai Play

1. (verb) to be thirsty - sometimes as two words, i.e. mate wai.

I kawea e rātou he wai mō te tangata e matewai ana (PT Ihaia 21:14). / They brought water to him that was thirsty.

2. (modifier) thirsty.

He rongo pai nō te whenua tawhiti, tōna rite kei ngā wai mātao ki te wairua matewai (PT Nga Whakatauki 25:25). / As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

3. (noun) thirst.

Kei tā te kaikauwhau Katorika, kei tā Louis Catherin Servant, he whenua tērā e kore e pākia e te mātao, e te hemokai, e te matewai rānei (TTR 1990:98-99). / According to the Catholic missionary Louis Catherin Servant that would be a land in which there was neither cold, hunger nor thirst.

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