‘ītoe

‘ītoe, (-a, -‘ia).

1. Tear, split or strip (a leaf) lengthwise.

Tē ‘ītoe nei māua i te tara o te rau‘ara.
We‘re stripping the prickles off the pandanus leaves (pulling off a long strip down the edge of the leaf);

‘Ātoe‘ia te rau‘ara ka ina ai.
Strip down the pandanus leaves before you expose them to the fire (to soften them).

2. n. Spine (of banana leaf).

Tērā mai te ‘ītoe o te ‘āriki ‘ei tāpeka i tō ko‘u.
Here is a spine of a banana leaf to do up your bundle with.
[‘ī-7, -toe2.]