i‘i

i‘i, n. The Tahitian chestnut tree and its edible nuts.

Tapa‘ia te i‘i kia tūnā‘ia.
Cut the chestnuts open for cooking;

‘Uakia te va‘aruā i‘i.
Uncover the pit with the chestnuts in;

Tē kai i‘i nei māua, ‘ēi nā‘au tēia.
We‘re having some chestnuts, here, these are for you;

i‘i pao kiore,
a chestnut nibbled by a rat;

i roto i te i‘i pao kiore,
in a tight corner, in a tight spot. Some varieties:

i‘i kanakā,
a variety with large nuts used for making

kanakā bread; i‘i kura,
a variety with red pods;

i‘i tea,
a variety with pale green pods;

i‘i uri,
a variety with dark green pods.
(See katu‘i.)
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