mwa mʷa noun, relational
Lvnue
Tnmkole
Anatomy
1mouth
U-u mwa eo!Wipe your mouth!
bele mwa noun, relational
Anatomy
skin of mouthlips
Bele mwa idi abiaini.when drinking kaveYour lips feel thick.
2opening
mwa tanoehole in the ground
synonymmoboe
mwadoe mʷaⁿdoe noun
Fish
Orangespine UnicornfishNaso lituratus.
mwaele mʷaele
Tnmmia
Anoun
Flora
gingerZingiber officinale.
miakaia mwaelethe smell of ginger
Badjective
yellow
mata mwaele [yellow-eyes] Red-eyed crab
voko mwaele noun
yellow stoneyellow stone (sulphur ?) used as dye
Ka li-loko voko mwaele; awoiu, otovo. Li-tau. Awoiu ponu, ka li-si tetawene.They took some yellow stone; as well as sago leaves, which they cooked [into black color]. Then they began painting ritual designs [on the wall].
~mwagali (i·)mʷaᵑgali verb, intransitive
be disgusted (by s.th., ne), get sick
Ni-mwagali ne none ponu.That food is disgusting!
Dapa ne kulumoe ponu li-e ngatene pe ene ni-mwagali ene.People in that country eat stuff that I just find disgusting.
mwaliko mʷaliko
Lvnlamuka
Tnmanuka
(?) POc*mwaqane
Aadjective
human, as opp. to animals, or to supernatural beings
Eo mwaliko?story of the HeronAre you human?
Ngatene ponu, li-romo nga mwaliko, ia mwaliko tae.SpiritsThose creatures look like they're human, but they are not.
Kupa na kupa mwaliko tae. Ka kaipa mwaliko na ia kupa na ngatene nga na.We are not human. You people are human, but we are creatures like this.
Teliki Makumoso Banie i-waivo idi mwaliko ñe telepakau, ñe maluo.godOur Great Lord Banie instructed people with the Law, with our way of life.
plidi mwaliko
Bnoun
plidi
1non-specific gendera person
Nga mwaliko i-bu, le-iu ebele ini i-wene ne kie ini.When somebody dies, their body is buried in a grave.
die mwaliko pe i-buthe bones of a dead body
Phraseol.While mwaliko can take on a generic or indefinite reading, this meaning is more often achieved using the impersonal pronoun idi, or corresponding 3pl generic subject marker li-▻③.
mwaliko iote noun
a personsomeone, somebody
Ini i-madau i-ko na mwaliko iote i-romo ne.He was afraid someone might see him.
Ni-ko bwara i-mo korone se mwaliko iote.I thought he was angry at someone.
2maleman
mwaliko iote da emel’ iapea man and his wife
momoso ie mwaliko ponuthe wife of that man
Bwara ka i-te te’ mwaliko pe Franis pon.I believe she married a man from France.
irregular pluraldapenuo
synonymmwalikotemale
contrasts withemelewoman
3possessedhusband
emele da mwalik' iapethe woman and her husband
poss. classifierenone
formal synonymamoso
mwaliko pine mʷaliko pine noun
1great manimportant person, dignitary; leader
mwaliko pine iadapatheir leader, their chief
irregular pluraldapa wopine
synonymtelikichief
Christianity
2the Christian God
mwalikote mʷalikote mwalkote adjective
Lvnale
Tnmanukae
1s.o.male: boy, man
I-ve menu tilu: iote emele, iote mwalikote.She had two babies: one girl, one boy.
Mwaliko iote mwalikote ka i-bu.Someone died, a man.
mul’ one mwalkotemy brother-in-law
Gi’ one, ini tieli et’ one mwalkote.My uncle is my mother's brother. [lit. the sibling of my mother, male]
contrasts withemelewoman
seegeteboy
2animalmale
kulevelu mwalikote[male chicken] rooster
Flora
3plantmale, i.e. sterile variety of a plant
tenubopu mwalikotesterile variety of pawpaw
mwatagese mʷataᵑgese noun
Fish
Coral rabbitfishSiganus corallinus.
mwatagete mʷataᵑgete noun
Lvnlaungale
young unmarried boy
Mwatagete iote ka i-teli mama ini se.She's already been promised to a boy.
AnthropologyTraditionally, male teenagers used to receive education in a Club house called Toplau mwa gete.
irregular pluraldapa gete
mwatebe mʷateᵐbe adjective
womanvirgin
da-tilu viñevi mwatebetwo virgin women
Ini mamote emele mwatebe; ero ka i-vio.She was still a virgin, but her breasts were already sticking out.
seeemelewoman
mwa tedele mʷateⁿdele noun, relational
Lvnma
Tnmwemala
mwa▻② ‘opening’ + tedele ‘faeces’
Anatomy
anus
synonymmabukaia
~mwaulu (i·)mʷaulu verb, intransitive
Lvn~maulu
Tnm~molo
rot, be rotten
mwoe mʷoe noun
house
main entrymoe
mwona mʷona adjective
broad, wide
main entrymona