kāivi

kāivi, n.

1. Ridge.

Te kāivi maunga,
mountain ridge.

2. Edge (of wall or plank, i.e. projection, not brink).

Kāre i pateka meitaki te kāivi o te rākau.
The edge of this piece of wood isn’t smooth (straight, regular) enough.

3. Hem or seam (of garment).

E tui ‘aka‘ou i tēta‘i ara taura nā runga i teia kāivi o te kāka‘u.
Sew another row of stitches along this seam.

4. Crease (down front of trousers).

Ka ‘ati‘ati te kāivi i tō piripou mē no‘o pērā koe.
You‘ll spoil the crease in your trousers sitting like that.

5. Spine or raised vein (in leaf).

‘E rau kāivi tikatika.
It’s a leaf with a straight spine.

6. Grain (in wood).

Kāre au e ‘inangaro kia pēni‘ia te ngūtupa nō te mānea i te kāivi o te rākau.
I don’t want the door painted, because there is a lovely grain in the wood. [kā-3, ivi.]