‘enua1

‘enua1, n. Land, country (in the Pacific this often means island), territory.

‘E ‘enua mānea tērā, ko Rarotonga pa‘a,
that is a beautiful country there, I think it is Rarotonga;

Tōku ‘enua tika ai,
my own country, my native land;

Kāre au i te aka ‘enua,
I‘m not native here;

‘E a‘a rā te tū o teia ‘enua tangata?,
I wonder what the people of this country are like?;

motu1

motu1, (-kia), v.i., occasionally mutu, esp. in sense 1

(c) below. 1.

(a) Sever, part (of a rope).

Kua motu te taura o te ‘oro‘enua.
The horse’s tether parted.

(b) Cut (open), gashed; a cut, gash.

Kua motu tōku rima i te koi reta.
I cut my hand on a razor blade;

Kua motukia tōna rima.
He gashed his hand;

Tēnā tamaiti vaevae motu,
that boy with the cut leg;

‘E motu ma‘ata tēia, ka ‘apai roa ki te taote kia tui.
This is a big gash, take it straight to the doctor to be stitched.

(c) Break off (of the flow of liquid, sound, current), stop, cease (of wind, rain).

E tāpeka piri koe, kia motu te ta‘e i te toto.
Tie it around tight, to stop the blood flowing;

Kua motu te ta‘e o te vai.
The flow of water ceased;

Kua motu te tangi o te rātio.
The radio cut out;

Motu te ua.
The rain has stopped;

‘E ‘anga‘anga mutu kore tēia.
There is no end to this job;

te ora mutu kore,
everlasting life (1 John 5.11);

Kua motu te marama.
That is the end of this moon (the moonless night at the end of the

arāpō
cycle.

2. The thirtieth night of the lunar cycle.

‘E motu tēia arāpō.
It’s

motu
tonight.

3. n.

(a) Island.

Te au motu i roto i te tai roto,
the islands in the lagoon;

Kā ‘oe rāua i te vaka ki runga i te motu, ‘u‘una ai.
They will paddle the canoe out to the island and hide it there;

nō te au pā motu mai,
from the groups of (small) islands.

(b) A dividing ridge or bank, usu. that separating one taro swamp from the next, or the bank of an irrigation ditch.

‘Auraka e tāpeka i te ‘oro‘enua ki runga i te motu repo.
Don’t tether the horse on the bank of the taro swamp.

(c) A patch (of vegetation).

Te motu ngāngā‘ere,
patch of weeds;

Te motu rākau taratara,
patch of thorns.
(See motukia; momotu, mōtua; motumotu; motuta‘a, motu‘anga, motunga; ‘akamotu(motu), tāmotu(motu).)
[Pn. *motu.]

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.]