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oriori Play

1. (verb) (-tia) to chant a lullaby, lull to sleep.

Ko te take he wahine pākoko ia, ka wawata ki te tamariki; ka mau ki te hue māori, ka oriori (M 2006:108). / Because she was barren she daydreamed about children; and grasping a native calabash gourd she composed a lullaby.


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2. (noun) lullaby - song composed on the birth of a chiefly child about his/her ancestry and tribal history.

E kī ana ia he oriori tēnei nā te wahine i te wā e mea ana taua tamaiti ki te matihe (TP 8/1910:6). / He is saying that this is an oriori by the woman at the time that the child was going to sneeze.


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