toro

toro, (-a, -‘ia), v.i.

1. Stretch, reach, spread out, extend, creep along (as creeping plant).

‘Auraka e ‘akaoriori i te rākau tanu ‘ōu, kāre i toro ake te aka.
Don’t disturb the newly planted tree, it hasn’t taken root yet;

Kua toro ‘aere te kākā nā runga i te patu. The kākā
creepers climbed along the wall;

Ko te au ‘ātava toro ki tēta‘i tua i te ‘āua tē tī pū.
Chop off the branches that have grown out over the fence;

‘E matie toro viviki mē tanu‘ia ki te ngā‘i mā‘ū‘ū.
When that type of grass is planted in damp places, it spreads like wildfire;

Kua toro te aka o te reira ‘iti tangata ki te au pā ‘enua rava rāi.
The people of that race spread all over the world;

Toroa tō rima ki roto i te rua ka ‘u‘uti mai ei i te ika ki va‘o.
Stretch your hand into the hole and pull the fish out.

2. Stick out, project.

E tī pū i te potonga i toro ki va‘o o te rākau.
Cut off the piece of wood sticking out;

E ‘akatika i te ngā‘i toro o te patu.
Level off the part of the wall that sticks out;

Kua toro tōna ngutu.
She was pouting;

Kua toro mai ki va‘o te mī miti o te ‘ā‘ā.
The sea eel poked its head out.

3. A cape, promontory, spit of land, projection.

E tū koe ki tēia toro, ‘ākara ‘ua ai ki te moana.
Stand on this headland and keep watch out to sea. Mato toro, a projecting cliff. ‘Are toro papa, a low rambling house. ‘E toro tai, an arm of the sea.

Leave a Reply