motumotu

motumotu,

1. v.i., fq. motu1. Sever, cut etc.

Kua motumotu te niuniu o te taripaoni.
The telephone wires were broken.

2. n. Island, ridge, patch.

E ‘ākara ki te moana, kā kite koe i te au motumotu.
Look out to sea and you‘ll see all the little islands.

3. (-a), fq. momotu, break etc.

Kua motumotua e te toa puakatoro te au niuniu o te ‘āua.
The bull broke the fence wires.
[motu1 RR.]