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1. (verb) (-a) to wave to and fro, agitate, sway.

Kaitoa hoki rā, e Haro, kia kumea atu tō uru māwhatu, ka oria e te hau (G 1853:50). / And it serves you right, Haro, that your curly lock was pulled and made to swirl around by the wind.

2. (noun) bad weather, strong wind.

Ko te ori he hau kino, he tūpuhi (TTT 1/12/1928:s52). / The 'ori' is a strong wind, a gale.

Synonyms: kōripo marama, marangai, puhoro, paroro

3. (noun) victim, prey (of a disease).

He ori mātou nā te mate nei (W 1971:241). / We are victims of this disease.

4. (noun) place where people have died from a disease, contaminated place.

Kaua e noho i runga i te ori, kei piri mai te mate ki a koe (W 1971:241). / Don't live on a place where people have died from a disease in case you catch the disease.
Te ori: He wāhi i pāngia e te mate urutā (M 2005:54). / The 'ori': A place where an epidemic occurred.

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