Moriori

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Moriori

(ˌmɒrɪˈɔːrɪ)
npl -ri or -ris
1. (Peoples) a Polynesian people of New Zealand, esp of the Chatham Islands, closely related to the mainland Māori: now racially intermixed
2. (Peoples) a member of this people
3. (Languages) the language of the Moriori, belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family
adj
4. (Peoples) of or relating to the Moriori or their language
5. (Languages) of or relating to the Moriori or their language
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Indeed, there is an example recorded also from the Moriori of the Chatham Islands. At marriage ceremonies there, the seated pair had knotted around them a cord plaited from a sweet-scented grass, and all those present joined in a chant with this refrain: Matiketike ta urunga nei, marangaranga ta urunga nei, E tapu, e kura.