akeake, n. A tree (Sapindus sp.) reported only from Ma‘uke.
rākau1, pū rākau, n.
1. Tree, bush, plant.
‘E a‘a tērā rākau e tupu maī ra i te pae mataara?
What tree is that growing by the side of the road?;
‘E rākau kino tēnā, ka ‘akautungā‘ia koe.
That’s a noxious weed, you‘ll get fined. Vao rākau, forest, wood, bush.
Nō roto i taua vao rākaū ra te ngā‘i i tīpū ei māua i taua rākau ma‘ata.
We felled the big tree in the middle of that forest.
2. Timber, piece of wood, stick, pole, plank, board, bat, racquet etc.; made of wood, wooden.
Te a‘ua‘u nei au i teia au rākau.
I‘m planing these boards;
‘Akarukena atu te rākau mingimingi.
Leave the crooked sticks;
‘E rākau papa‘ā pou roa tei runga i teia ‘are.
Its all imported wood in this house;
E ma‘ani koe ‘ei ngūtupa rākau māori.
You should definitely use local timber for the door;
Nōku te ‘are rākau, nā ‘Iro i ‘akatū.
The wooden house is mine, ‘Iro built it. Rākau pā pōro, cricket bat. Rākau pere‘ō, shaft of a wagon. Rākau pikika‘a, sensitive plant. Rākau rūrū pāpaiō, seesaw. Rākau tēniti, tennis racquet. Vā‘anga rākau, plank, piece of timber.
3. Medicine (cf. vairākau).
Tē ma‘ani rākau māriri nei au.
I‘m mixing up a medicine for malaria.
pō‘utukava, n. A tree (Scaevola servicea) (Rar.), (Sophora tomentosa) (N.G.Pt).
Kekea tēnā potopotonga pō‘utukava ‘ei uto nō te kupenga.
Saw up those logs of
to make floats for the net;
Tē ‘aki‘aki ‘ua pō‘utukava nei māua.
(a) Tree(pūrākau), bush, clump, main or original stem (as distinguished from offshoots, suckers, etc.).
‘Auraka e kake i tēnā pū rākau.
Don’t climb that tree. Pū kuru, breadfruit tree. Pū nū, coconut palm. Pū raoti, rosebush. Pū ngāngā‘ere, clump of weeds, tussock of long grass.
E ‘uti‘uti i tēnā au pū ngāngā‘ere nō te ‘akaapiapi i te ngā‘i kanga‘anga.
Pull those clumps of weeds up, they are obstructing the playground;
E kiriti meitaki i te pū o te taro kia kore te ‘uri e pā‘ī‘ī.
Dig the main taro out carefully so as not to bruise the side-shoots (for propagating).
(b) Stem (of goblet), handle (of tool).
Pū karāti ‘a‘ao uaina, stem of a wineglass. Pū mātipi, knife handle. Te pū o te ‘āmara, the handle of the hammer. ‘E pē pū paipa, a spade with a handle made from a pipe. Pū reta, razor (not the blade).
‘E reta ‘ōu tā‘au e tāmou ki runga i te pū.
You need to put a new blade in the razor. Pū viri, brace
(cf. matā viri,
(c) Pū aua‘i, chimney, funnel.
Te pū aua‘i o te ‘are kūki,
the cookhouse chimney;
‘Ē toru pū aua‘i o taua pa‘ī ra.
She is a ship with three funnels.
(d) Pū tīvaevae, complete section of patchwork quilt.
Kia oti te tīvaevae i te ‘akapū, kua tuku‘ia takita‘i pū ki te va‘ine kia tui.
When the template for the patchwork quilt was complete, the women were given a whole section each to make.
(e) Head (of octopus, not the tentacles).
Nāku te pū o te ‘eke, nā‘au te kākave.
I‘ll have the head of the octopus, you shall have the tentacles.
(f) Cistern of gathering-tank at head of piped water-system.
Kua ‘ati te pū o te paipa nō te pakari i te koko o te vai.
The intake-tank broke off, because the current was so strong. (g) Source, origin. Tē pū vai, the source of the stream. (h) Grounds or solid basis (for an opinion or statement).
Kāre ‘e pū i tāna tuatua.
There is nothing in what he says. (i) Master, head (of organisation), owner, employer, leader, boss, husband (women’s colloq.).
Kua ‘āriki ‘aia i te ‘akaue‘anga a tōna pū.
He obeyed his master’s order;
Kua ‘aere tōku pū va‘ine ki te teata.
My mistress has gone to the cinema;
Kua tuaru tōna pū iāia.
His boss sacked him;
Ko ‘ai te pū i te ‘aka‘aere i tēia tārekareka?
Who is in charge of the organisation of these sports?;
te pū ‘ākarakara o te Pae Tanu,
the Director of Agriculture;
Ko ia te pū o tēia ‘enua.
He owns this land;
Kua tā‘okota‘i mai te au tangata ki te ngutu‘are o te pū tere.
The people met at the home of the leader of the expedition. Pū‘āpi‘i, teacher. Pū‘āpi‘i ma‘ata, head teacher. Pū mate, chief mourner.
Ka ‘akapūma-‘ana tātou i te pū mate.
We must console the widow (widower, etc.). Pū ngutu-‘are, head of the household.
Tērā ake tōku pū.
Here comes my old man;
‘E taku pū! kua kāpiki atu ‘aia.
Hey, dear! she called out (to her husband).
(a) Congregate, gather, cluster around.
Kua pū mai te ika i tōku paru‘anga.
The fish gathered when I laid the ground bait;
‘E pekapeka tēta‘i i kō, nō reira te ‘akavā i pū ei.
There is some trouble over there, that is why the police are gathering.
(b) Originate from a source, spring (from an ancestral line).
Nō roto mai i taua ‘iti tangata te ngā‘i i pū mai ei tō mātou ‘uānga.
It is from among that clan that our line originated;
I pū mai tāna kātiri puaka mei roto i te kātiri a Manavaroa.
His strain of pigs derive from the breed introduced by Manavaroa.
3. (Adverbial uses, see also pūtia). Completely, entirely, as a whole; all together, extensively; all at once, suddenly.
Te pupu piriaro teatea pū,
the team in the all-white jerseys;
Kua ‘anga-‘anga pū ‘ua te tangata.
Absolutely every-one worked;
Kua ‘akakite pū tika ai ‘aia i tōna manako ki te tangata.
He told people everything that he had in mind;
kino ‘o‘ora pū ‘ua,
Kua tāki pū ‘ua rātou i te tumu rākau.
They all lifted the tree-trunk together;
Kua topa pū ‘ua te ‘are i te ngaue‘anga te ‘enua.
The whole mass of the building collapsed when the earth shook;
kā‘iro‘iro pū ‘ua,
all jumbled up;
Pū te ‘anga‘anga i te ‘akaruke, ngaro i te ‘oro!
All at once they had abandoned the work and were gone!
(see pū‘anga, pūtia, pūpū1, ‘akapū(pū)1; avangapū, rōpū, rotopū, ? tīpū(pū), ūpū.)
nītō, n. Name of a leguminous tree, Leucaena sp(p). (? Leucaena glauca, the West Indian lead tree).
E ‘aere kōtou ki Matavera e pari nītō mai ‘ei ka‘o nō tō tātou ‘are.
Go to Matavera and cut some
rafters for our house;
‘E rākau tīpū ngatā te nītō mē marō. Nītō
wood is very hard to cut when it is dry.
-kau4, kau-4, rt. *Wood, tree, stick. (See kakau handle, kauariki umbrella-tree, kautā netting-needle, rākau tree, plant.)