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    1. Hard, stiff, stodgy, tough. Kua maro te timeni i te taua i to matou are. The cement on the floor of our house has set now; No te maro i te one i teia ngai. Because the soil is so hard (or heavy) here; Auraka koe e kai i te kai maro mei te taro, te tarua e te mario. Don’t eat stodgy foods like taro, dry-land taro, and mario bananas; No te maro i teia rakau i inangaro ei au ei maani ngai akairinakianga puka. I wanted this wood for making bookshelves because it is so strong.
    2. Obstinate, stubborn and argumentative; firm, persistent, insistent. Kare e aite te maro o tena vaine! Did you ever see such a stubborn woman!; Auraka koe e maro mai, ka vera te taringa oou. Don’t you be obstinate with me (answer me back), Ill warm your ears for you; E tangata maro aia ki tana tika. He is a man who knows his own mind; Ka apai au ia koe ki te ture me maro koe i te tomo mai ki roto i toku are. I shall take you to court if you persist in entering my house; me ka rave maro rai koe i te kino, if you st persist in doing wrong; Kua maro ratou iaku kia imene. They insisted that I should sing; Kua maro au iaia kia aere mai ki te kaikai. I pressed him to come to dinner; Kare rava au e maro uaia kia rave. I certainly won’t be dicta-ted to. (See aka-,ta-maro, (aka-)maroki-akia, taumaro(ro).) [Pn. *maaloo1.]

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