- Soft and yielding (of materials), reduced to a powder or mash (of solid lumps), softened up (as tough meat by chewing). E maru meitaki teia roi. This bed is nice and soft; E tuki i te kaope kia maru meitaki. Pound the coffee (beans) into a fine powder; Kare e maru iaku tena puakanio no te uaua. That goat meat is too tough for me to chew up.
- Light (of the wind). Kua marino mai te tai no tei maru te matangi. The sea grew clam for the wind was light.
- Easy, not arduous. E angaanga maru ake teia i ta matou. This work is easier than ours; Kare e maru ia koe i te kakati i te pakapaka o te taro no te kirikiritia toou nio. It won’t be easy for you to bite the taro crust now that you have had your teeth out.
- Mild; eased (of pain, ness). Ka maru ua atu te mamae i toou mimiti. The pain in your head w ease; Kua maru mai tona maki. His ness doesn’t trouble him so much now.
- Mellow and low-pitched (esp. of bass voices), take the bass part in singing. E aere mai kotou e maru i ta tatou imene. You come and take the bass line in our song.
- Mild and gentle (of disposition, manner), easygoing, meek, courteous. E aroa tona e te maru. She is kind and gentle; E pati maru kiaia i taau mea ka inangaro. Ask him courteously for what you want; Penei ka maru mai tona ngakau. Maybe he w relent; Ko te tuatua maru ra tei akaanga ke i te riri. A soft answer turneth away wrath (Prov. 15.1); Kareka te aronga maru ra, ka noo ia i te enua. But the meek, they shall inherit the earth (Ps. 37.11).
- n. Cushion, upholstery, padding. Taria mai te maru o tena au nooanga ki vao i te ra. Bring those chair cushions out into the sun. Maru moto, boxing gloves. Na taku papa i oko mai i tena maru moto no taua. My father bought us those boxing gloves. (See akamaru, maruru, tamaru.) [Pn. *maluu.]
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