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    1. Unripe, green (of fruit), not seasoned (of timber). Kare e ka tena rakau no te mata. That wood won’t burn, it is green; Kare e meitaki te kikau mata. Green coconut fronds are no good; Auraka e kai mata i te vi. Don’t eat mangoes when they are not ripe; E nu mata taau e tari mai, akarukena atu te koua e te komoto. Bring the green coconuts (suitable for drinking), leave the koua (in which the liquid has not yet developed its full flavour) and the komoto (which have matured beyond the best stage for drinking).
    2. Raw, un-cooked, insufficiently cooked. Kua oko mai au e rua paunu puakatoro mata. I’ve bought two pounds of (fresh) meat; Kua mata ta matou kai i te uakianga te umu. The food st wasn’t cooked when we opened the oven; Ka kai koe i te ika mata? Would you like some raw fish?; Varaoa mata, flour. (See (aka)matamata2.) [Pn. *mata2.]

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