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    1. Eye (of person or creature). Kua pura toku mata. I’ve got something in my eye; E tu kinokino rai tona mata. He had a pretty nasty look in his eye; i te kinoanga tona mata, as his eyes got worse. Kite mata, to see with one’s own eyes, see for oneself. Mata kai, eyes always looking for food, greedy. E puakaoa mata kai taau. Your dog is always begging for food. Mata kaka, sharp eyes. E mata kaka toou. You have got sharp eyes. Mata kana, (have) a blemish in the eye. Mata marama, clear sight. Mata pakari,
    2. strong eyes, able to stay awake. E tamaiti mata pakari a Toi, kare e varea e te moe. Toi has strong eyes, he won’t drop off to sleep.
    3. serious eyes or countenance. E akaraanga mata pakari, a solemn appearance. Mata riki, (with) small eyes, narrowly, searchingly. Mata ua,
    4. (with) bare eyes, without artificial aids or protection. E ruku mata ua koe i tena parau, kare i te oonu roa. You can dive for those pearl shells without goggles, it isn’t very deep.
    5. Akara mata ua, to just look on (and not do anything). Eiaa koe e akara mata ua mai i teia angaanga. Don’t just stand looking on at the work here. Roi mata, tears. E na te Atua e orei i to ratou roi-mata katoa i to ratou mata. And God shall wipe away all their tears from their eyes (Rev. 7.17). Mata tio, (with) sharp eyes. Ua mata, eyeball. Uruuru mata, eyelash, eyebrow. Uruuru tuke mata, eyebrow.
    6. Spy. E aronga tiratiratu matou, kare toou au tavini nei i te mata. We are true men, your servants are no spies (Gen. 42.11).
    7. Eye (of needle). E tauru koe i te taura na roto i te mata o te nira. Thread the cotton through the eye of the needle.
    8. Mesh (of net). Teia te kupenga mata riki ei maani nariki. This is fine-meshed netting for making a nariki net.
    9. Eyepiece (of spectacles etc.). Kua ngaa te io i tetai mata i tona titia. One of the lenses in his spectacles is cracked.
    10. Face (of human or creature). E e orei i toou mata. And wash your face (Matt. 6.17); Kare e ngai i aere ke i toou mata e te mata o toou mama. Your face is the dead spit of your mother’s; E aere mai koe ki mua i toku mata tuatuai i taau tuatua. Come here and say what you have to say to my face. Mata reka, (with) pleasant, attractive or cheerful counte-nance, see matareka.
    11. Face, side (e.g. building.) E aere koe na tera mata o te are, akara mai ei me te tika ra te are. Go round to that side of the building and look to see if it is squared off properly.
    12. Point (of implement). Kua ati te mata o te matau. The point of the hook has snapped off; Naai i taati i te mata o teia matipi? Who has broken off the point of this knife?
    13. The end of coconut containing the eyes (same as aro, as opposed to the butt-end (toe). E koputa koe ki te mata o te nu, i na ra me ka pao e uri i reira ki te toe. You pierce the face-end of the coconut, but if you are going to crack it open then you turn it round to the butt-end. 1
    14. Head (of boil). Kua tae mai te pirau na roto i te mata o te ee. The pus oozed out through the head of the boil. Ee mata rau, boil with several heads. 1
    15. Head position, vanguard. Kua mati aia i te mata o tona nuku. He marched at the head of his troops. 1
    16. Cutting-edge, blade. Kua tupaki aia i tetai mata ou no te toki. He forged a new blade for the axe; Kua akakoi aia i te mata o te matipi. She sharpened the blade of the knife; Kua ue aia i te mata o te keke. He reset the teeth of the saw. 1
    17. Point (in scoring at card games). E toru o kotou mata i teia pereanga. You scored three points in this hand;
    18. Card used face-up to keep the score (as in euchre). Omai i tena nga kapi pere ei mata no matou. Pass me those two cards for us to score with. 1
    19. Source (of river), placed where water is channelled off. Te mata o te kauvai, the source of the river; E ko koe i te mata vai kia atea, kia tae meitaki mai te vai ki roto i te repo. Dig the head of the channel out wide so that water w flow freely into the taro swamp. 1
    20. Leader, front man, representative, spokesman. Mataura, the leader of a drum-dance party; Kua ikiia aia ei mata no te oire ki te uipaanga no te angaanga tanu. He was chosen by the vage as their representative at the agricultural meeting. (See aka-/ta-mata, komata, (aka-/ta-)mataara, matakata, (aka-)matakite, matamaru, (ta-)mataora, matapaki-pakia, (aka-)matapo, matapuku, matariki, matareka, matatapoki, timata-(mata), tumatatini.) [Pn. *mata1.]

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