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(-kia), v.i., occasionally mutu, esp. in sense 1

  1. below.
    1. Sever, part (of a rope). Kua motu te taura o te oroenua. The horse’s tether parted.
    2. Cut (open), gashed; a cut, gash. Kua motu toku rima i te koi reta. I cut my hand on a razor blade; Kua motukia tona rima. He gashed his hand; Tena tamaiti vaevae motu, that boy with the cut leg; E motu maata teia, ka apai roa ki te taote kia tui. This is a big gash, take it straight to the doctor to be stitched.
    3. Break off (of the flow of liquid, sound, current), stop, cease (of wind, rain). E tapeka piri koe, kia motu te tae i te toto. Tie it around tight, to stop the blood flowing; Kua motu te tae o te vai. The flow of water ceased; Kua motu te tangi o te ratio. The radio cut out; Motu te ua. The rain has stopped; E angaanga mutu kore teia. There is no end to this job; te ora mutu kore, everlasting life (1 John 5.11); Kua motu te marama. That is the end of this moon (the moonless night at the end of the arapo cycle.
    4. The thirtieth night of the lunar cycle. E motu teia arapo. It’s motu tonight.
    5. n.
    6. Island. Te au motu i roto i te tai roto, the islands in the lagoon; Ka oe raua i te vaka ki runga i te motu, uuna ai. They w paddle the canoe out to the island and hide it there; no te au pa motu mai, from the groups of (small) islands.
    7. A dividing ridge or bank, usu. that separating one taro swamp from the next, or the bank of an irrigation ditch. Auraka e tapeka i te oroenua ki runga i te motu repo. Don’t tether the horse on the bank of the taro swamp.
    8. A patch (of vegetation). Te motu ngangaere, patch of weeds; Te motu rakau taratara, patch of thorns. (See motukia; momotu, motua; motumotu; motutaa, motuanga, motunga; akamotu(motu), tamotu(motu).) [Pn. *motu.]

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