1. Forked or crooked pole used in picking fruit.
Ka ‘aere au kā pari rou mai.
I‘m going to go and cut a
2. A gaff.
‘Apaina mai te rou ē te ‘āuri tīti‘a, ka ‘aere tāua ka tīti‘a.
Bring the gaff and the harpoon, we‘ll go underwater fishing;
Kua rou ‘aia i te ‘a‘ai ē kua totō ki roto i te poti.
He gaffed the
and dragged it into the boat.
3. Stick used to lift tall grasses, etc. while wielding sickle with other hand.
4. (-a, -‘ia). Use a rou (to pick fruit, etc.), hook down, hook (arm or crook) around.
E rou mai koe i te ‘ānani ki tēnā rākau.
Hook the oranges down with that pole;
‘E rākau rou kuru tērā.
That pole is used for picking breadfruit;
Kua topa mai te vī ki runga i tōku katu i tōku rou‘anga.
The mango fell on my head when I was getting it down with the pole;
Kua roua‘ia e ia te kakī o te tamaiti i tōna ‘opunga.
He tackled the boy by hooking his arm round his neck;
Kua rou ‘aia i te vaevae o Tere ē kua pakū ki raro.
He hooked his arm round Tere’s legs and brought him down with a thump.