niuniu

niuniu, n.

1. Wire.

‘Aere mai ka pōkai niuniu tāua.
Come on let’s roll up this wire;

TĒia te kōera niuniu ‘ei ‘āua i tā‘au one meika.
Here is the coil of wire to fence in your plot of bananas. Niuniu taratara, barbed wire. Niuniu ‘āuā moa, chicken wire, wire netting.

2. Leader, trace (connecting hook to fishing line).

Kua motu te niuniu o te matau i te kai‘anga te mangō ki runga.
The leader on the hook snapped when the shark bit.

3. String (of banjo etc.).

Kua motu taku niuniu kītā.
My guitar string has broken. Niuniu tauraki kāka‘u, clothes line. Niuniu pātikara, spoke (of bicycle wheel). (See tāniuniu.)

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