Found 1 match
  • filters Arrow
    • Include Idioms
      Exclude Idioms
      Only Idioms
    • Include Phrases
      Exclude Phrases
      Only Phrases
    • Include Proverbs
      Exclude Proverbs
      Only Proverbs
    • Include Loan Words
      Exclude Loan Words
      Only Loan Words
      Include Historical Loan Words
    • Close

ruru Play

1. (noun) knucklebones, fivestones, jacks - a traditional game very similar to knucklebones, usually played with five stones. In the traditional Māori game the main stone, or jack, that is thrown up is called hai, the others kaimahi.

Ko te mahi tuatahi i te ruru he whiu i ngā kōhatu e rima ki te rangi kia tau iho ki te angaangamate o te ringa, kātahi ka whiua anō kia tau mai ai ki te kapu o te ringa (PK 2008:798). / The first action in knucklebones is to throw the five stones in the air so that they land on the back of the hand, then they are tossed up again so that they land in the palm of the hand.

See also kaimakamaka, kōruru, tutukai

Books + Apps


The App

This Māori dictionary is also available as an iOS and Android app. Download from the links below.

iOS / Android
Te Aka Mobile App


The Book

Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary and Index by John C Moorfield. This dictionary comprises a selection of modern and everyday language that will be extremely useful for learners of the Māori language.

More info