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takitoru

1. (numeral) in threes, triple.

(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 9;)

Kāore ia i pīrangi ki te tohutō, engari e ai ki tāna, he mea pai atu te whakamahi i te tohu oro tāpara, takitoru rānei (TTR 2000:11). / He did not like the macron, preferring to use the double or triple vowel.

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2. (modifier) threes, threefold.

Ki te kaha tētahi i a ia kotahi nei, ka māia te tokorua ki a ia; e kore hoki te aho takitoru e motu wawe (PT Te Kaikauwhau 4:12). / And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

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3. (noun) threesome, group of three, trio.

Te haerenga o te tokotoru nei, ā, ka tae ki te kāinga i reira tō rātou whaea, a Hine-moana (NIT 1995:193). / The three of them departed and came to the home where their aunt, Hine-moana, was.

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4. (noun) knucklebones move.

Ko te ‘takitoru’: Ka whiua te hai, ka kapohia ētahi kōhatu e toru, me te hopu anō i te hai (RMR 2017). / The takitoru move: When the main stone is thrown up, three of the other stones are grabbed, and the main stone is caught.

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5. (noun) tukutuku pattern used on crossbeams and tukutuku panels of meeting houses where single stitches across the panel are in groups of three at alternate angles. It represents communication, identification and special personal relationships.

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