mānu

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Maori[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ma- +‎ anu, from Proto-Polynesian, from Proto-Oceanic, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *qañud (compare Malay hanyut).

Verb[edit]

mānu

  1. (stative) be floating, launch, afloat
    Ka ahiahi ka kite rāua i tētahi tohorā, ko te upoko i mā, e mānu haere ana i te taha o tō rāua poti, mōhio tonu ake rāua he raiti wēra.
    When it was evening they saw a whale and its head was white and it was floating along beside their boat, so they knew that it was a right whale.
  2. (stative) be flooded, overflow
    He roa te ua ka mānu te whenua.
    The rain went on for a long time and the land was flooded.