kari‘i

kari‘i, n.

1. The leader on a fishing line.

Kua tāpeka ‘aia i te kari‘i ki runga i tāna pārau.
He tied the leader on to his pearl-shell hook.

2. The lines threaded through the top or bottom row of meshes on a fishing net, or the row of meshes.

Kua ‘akatika rātou i te kari‘i o te kupenga ē kua tāmoumou i te uto ē te tāpou.
They straightened up the lines running through the mesh and attached the floats and sinkers. [Np. *kalisi.]

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