‘ōrongā, n. Name of a shrub or small tree and the fibre of its new shoots which was formerly used to make twine for fishing nets and a soft kind of cloth; the word is used in the bible for linen or flax.
E ma‘ani ana tō mātou ‘ui tupuna i tā rātou kupenga ki te ‘ōrongā.
Our ancestors used to make their nets from
‘ōrongā; Kua oko atura aia i te kakau orongā.
And he bought fine linen (Mark 15.46);
Te kimi ra aia i te uru mamoe, e te orongā.
She seeks wool, and flax (Prov. 31.13). [Pn. *‘olo”aa.]