ko‘e

ko‘e, n.

1. Bamboo.

‘E tumu ko‘e roroa tēia ē te tikatika.
This bamboo clump has long straight canes;

Kua ‘oko te va‘ine tini taki rua vā‘anga ko‘e ia rātou ‘ei raranga pare.
The women’s guild bought themselves two sheets of bamboo fibre each to make into hats. Ko‘e tākiri, bamboo fishing rod.

Kua pari mai ‘aia ‘ē rua āna ko‘e tākiri.
He cut himself two bamboo fishing rods.

2. Pipe, flute (orig. bamboo nose-flute); Sometimes used in Rarotonga Bible where English Bible has organ (cf. ‘ōkani).

I akatangi atu na matou i te ko‘e, e kare kotou i ura mai.
We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced (Matt. 11.17);

Ko te momua ia o te aronga katoa i akatangi i te kinura, e te koe ra.
He was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ (Gen. 4.21). [Pn. *kofe.]

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