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tāwheta Play

1. (verb) to lie in a heap, writhe.

Kua tāwheta te mahi a te taewa, e kore e pau i te hui (TP 3/1913:3). / So many potatoes are heaped up, they wouldn't all be consumed at the gathering.


2. (modifier) eagerly, restlessly.

He aha te pai o te tupeka i rere tāwheta ai te tangata ki te kai? (KO 16/5/1882:3). / What use is tobacco that people rush eagerly to consume?


3. (noun) eagerness, enthusiasm, zeal, fervour.

Heoi anō rā te tāwheta nui o te rangatahi! (Kāretu 2017). / Oh well, that's the enthusiasm of the young!


Synonyms: ngākau whakapuke, kaikaha, rika, whiwhita, ngākaunui, wana, matangareka, whitawhita


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