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riu Play

1. (noun) bilge (or hull) of a canoe, hold (of a ship).

Kua hākaroa te riu o te waka (W 1971:31). / The hull of the canoe has been hollowed out.


2. (noun) valley, basin, dale.

Ko Taui tētahi reo i roto i te matua, nō te mea ko ia tētahi tangata whānui te mōhio ki tērā takiwā tae atu ki te riu o Waikato (M 2006:124). / Taui was one of the commanders in the force because he was a person with broad knowledge of that district including the Waikato basin.


Synonyms: kāraraha, kāraha, pāta, peihana


3. (noun) belly, chest, abdomen, stomach.

Kātahi ka haehaea taua ika nei he kai mā rātou, pāwharatia tonutia ai te riu, takoto kē atu, takoto kē mai (KO 15/10/1887:6). / Then that fish was cut up as food for them, the belly was ripped apart and lay open.


Synonyms: tia, kōpū, puku, takapū


4. (noun) core (of the body).

Ko te riu te wāhanga waenga o te tinana, ko mua, ko muri, ko ngā taha hoki. Ko ngā uaua o te riu hei whakamārō i te katoa o te tinana, tae atu ki te tū me te neke a te tangata (RMR 2017). / The riu is the mid-section of the body, including front, back and sides. The core muscles stabilise the whole body, and allow it to both stand and move (RMR 2017).


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