ruai, rūvai, v.i. Stale, flat, tasteless, spoilt (of vegetables, etc.).
Kua ruai tēnā taro, kāre e meitaki i te kai.
That taro is stale, it is no good to eat;
I te kore‘anga te vai puke kua kite te tangata ē kua ruai tā rātou au one taro.
When the floods subsided, the people knew that their bed of taro would be tasteless and watery;
Taria tēnā kūmara ruai ‘ei kai nā te puaka.
Take those spoilt
kumara for the pigs.