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1. (verb) to mourn, wear mourning clothes.

E tauā ana koe? (W 1971:397). / Are you wearing mourning clothes?

2. (noun) mourning wreath (for the head), chaplet - garland of greenery worn by female mourners at a tangihanga.

Kātahi ka whatiwhati i ngā rau o te rākau, he whiro e tupu ana i te taha o te rori, ka hangā hei tauā mō tana māhunga (TWK 27:36). / Then she broke off leaves of a tree, a willow growing beside the road, and made a mourning wreath for her head.

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