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British Dictionary definitions for wairua


  1. NZ a spirit or soul
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  • Haerere ana te Wairua o te Atua ki runga ki te mata o nga wai.

    Grammar of the New Zealand language (2nd edition)

    Robert Maunsell

  • He has two words which he specially uses to designate the human spirit or soul: one is wairua, the other is hau.