va‘arua

va‘arua,

1. n. Hole, pit, chasm.

Kua ‘oro te kiore toka ki roto i te va‘arua.
The rat ran into the hole;

‘E au ngā‘i va‘arua ‘ō‘onu tēnā,‘auraka e ‘aere nā reira.
There are places with deep pits there, don’t go that way.

Va‘aruā vai, well, water-filled pit.

Ko te va‘aruā vai tēia i topa ai au inapō.
This is the well I fell down last night.

Topa ki raro i te va‘arua, get into trouble, find oneself in a hole.

Mē āru koe i tāna tika, kā topa koe ki raro i te va‘arua.
If you follow his instructions, you‘ll find yourself in trouble.

2. v.i. Be holed.

‘Ea‘a rā i va‘arua ai i teia ngā‘i?
How did this hole get here, I wonder?;

Kua va‘arua teia ngā‘i i te ‘aruru‘anga te paomu.
The bomb caused this crater when it exploded.

3. va‘arua kino = vaerua kino, evil spirit.