1. Bone, spine.
Kua va‘ī koe iaku ki te kiri e te kiko, e kua akaketaketa iaku ki te ivi e te uaua
(Job 10.11). Thou hast clothed (wrapped) me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced (stiffened) me with bones and sinews;
Kua puta tōna vaevae i te ivi tōtara.
His foot was pierced by a porcupine fish spine. Ivi kaokao, rib.
‘Ē rua ōna ivi kaokao i ‘ati i tōna ū‘anga i te mōtokā.
He had two ribs broken when the car hit him. Ivi marō, dry bones. Diseases leaving chalky deposits on the bones. Ivi metua, backbone, vertebrae. Ivi mokotua, backbone; the necessary basis of anything.
Ko te ivi mokotua o te ‘anga‘anga ‘āpi‘i, koia ‘oki, ko te tū mako.
Discipline is the essence of teaching. Ivi paku‘ivi, shoulder-blade. Ivi poti, ribs of a boat. Ivi tangata, skeleton. Ivi turi, kneecap. Ivi umauma, collarbone; breastbone.
2. Ridge, spur (of mountain).
‘E ivi maunga kokota ‘ua,
quite a narrow ridge;
I kite māua i te ngā‘i kai‘anga rautī a te puakani‘o ki runga i tērā ivi.
We noticed the place on that ridge where the goats have been eating the Cordyline leaves.
3. Outline (e.g. of a sermon), skeleton draft.
Kua kave ‘aia i tāna ivi ki te ‘orometua kia ‘akatika.
He took his text and the outline of his sermon to the pastor for approval.
4. Race (of people), stock.
Ko te ‘akakoro‘anga tēia o te ivi Māori, koia ‘oki kia vai rāi te mana o te ‘enua i te ‘ui ariki ma te au mata‘iapo.
The intention of the Maori people is to keep the control of land in the hands of the royal chiefs and heads of families.
(See kāiviivi, iviivi.)