wa 1 wa
wa wido fruit of Barringtonia
Lekele i-nge wa vede. Flying-foxes chew fruits of pandanus.
wa vilo noun
gen fruit of tree fruit of indefinite or generic species
Li-bi wa vilo nga pon, nganae nga bale, vewo, iliro, teno… li-kamai. They went to pick various fruits, such as breadfruit, chestnuts, lychees…, and they brought them.
wa- 2 prefix
multiplicative prefix for numerals
tili → wa-tili five → five times
wa- 3 prefix
non-productive prefix, used to derive a noun into another noun, somet. with augmentative meaning
wa bale we Ginio wa ᵐbale we Ginio noun
The fruit name refers to an unknown character Ginio.
ankle rattles used in dancing
Wa bale we Ginio, pi-pinoe ñei. We use ankle rattles to perform our dances.
wabasa waᵐbasa noun, relational
~wabe (i·)waᵐbe verb, transitive
U-wabe vijele enone ñe kerosin. Fill up my jerrycan with kerosene.
Dapa gete le-wabe, le-lui tev' dapa li-anu. The young men fill up (the cups) and give them to (the elders) for them to drink.
~wabeiu (i·)waᵐbeju verb, transitive
support ‹s.th.› using props
I-vio ka li-wabeiu ñe moboro teva, me blateno i-vio, susuko, ne to. They used four rattan canes as props, so that the pole could stand firmly in the middle.
~wablei (i·)waᵐblei verb, transitive
tease ‹s.o.› with jokes
Ni-wablei eo. I was just teasing you.
Ngele i-wablei kupa? Who is teasing us?
~wablei piene phrasal verb
tease words joke, make jokes; make fun
U-wablei piene 'tapu! Stop making fun (of them)!
Emele iote somu mina eo, u-ovei pe u-wablei piene semame ini. If a woman is remote from you (kinshipwise), you may joke with her.
waboro waᵐboro adjective
voko waboro noun
black stone k.o. black stone of volcanic origin (obsidian?). Once ground, it is used to polish objects
Li-la voko waboro li-ia aero ñei wablubu, ka li-ejau viko ñei. We use black stone to polish cone shells into a round shape. That's how we made traditional money.
shape round, spherical
I-romo voko tilu. Iote wabulubu, iote teporo. He saw two stones: one round, one flat.
Li-la voko waboro li-ia aero ñei wablubu. We use black stone to polish cone shells into a round shape.
tamanu fruit kneecap
waburo ne aele kneecap (of the leg)
wabwaero waᵐbʷaero noun
cup made out of a coconut shell
waero waero noun, relational
woman, mammal breast
~waga (i·)waᵑga verb, transitive
distribute, hand out ‹food, presents+› to several people
Li-waga none pe kape le-te pe l-anu kava ne. They handed out food for those who were having kava.
Ni-ko me n-ajau kopi abia me le-waga i-dai kulumoe iakapa Banie. I want to print many copies, so I can distribute them across our whole Vanikoro territory.
~wai 1 (i·)wai verb, intransitive
paddle, row, go on a canoe
U-wai u-mabui! Paddle slowly!
see lexical list at kuo canoe, boat
~wai 2 (i·)wai
A verb, intransitive
earth quake, shake
Ni-lengi tanoe pe i-wai. I felt the ground shake.
B verb, transitive
s.o., s.th. shake ‹s.th.›
U-wai ebele u-ka pon etapu! Don't shake your body like that!
Li-wai elela vongoro pon. We shake the branch of the almond tree (to knock the nuts down).
Nobwogo miko i-la i-wai moe ne. Last night an earthquake shook the houses here.
waiero wajero noun
wave, surf of the sea
Waiero li-bo voko i-wapio. The waves have piled up the stones together.
waiero peini vono noun
wave on land tidal wave, tsunami
Mwoe iape, waiero peini vono i-somoli tae pe i-botongo ñe tepapa. His house was not destroyed by the tidal wave, because he had protected it with planks.
waini waini adverb
Ne metele iune, toñaki i-ka waini. The ship comes one month every month.
~waivo (i·)waivo verb, transitive
secundative syntax instruct ‹s.o.› (about s.th., ñe); show, teach s.o. (how to, pe23 + clause)
Ene li-waivo ene ne “National University” ne Solomon islands. I did my studies [ lit. They instructed me…] at the National University in the Solomon islands.
Uña teliki samame dapa wopine li-waivo uña dapa gete ñe telepakau akapa. The chiefs and the elders teach youngsters about our culture.
Teliki Makumoso Banie i-waivo idi mwaliko ñe telepakau, ñe maluo. The Elder God Banie instructed humans with culture and life.
I-waivo idi pe li-vo mwoe. He taught people how to build houses.
rare indirective syntax teach ‹s.th.› (to s.o., ñe)
Kap' u-le France kap' u-waivo piene upa ñe dapa. In France, you'll instruct people in our language.
~wakale (i·)wakale verb, transitive
U-wakale bele etapu! Don't scratch your skin!
good, pleasant, beautiful
Aña wako tadoe! This is really delicious!
Li-romo ngiro wako. They found the wind to be fine.
Ni-romo makone iaipa wako po pi-pinoe. [I see your dances (to be) good] I'm really enjoying those dances you've been performing.
useful; of proper conception or quality
Tongolukilo ponu wako peini basa idi i-meli. This medicinal plant is useful against headaches.
morally good, of good character; easy-going
Ini i-vete piene wako se idi abia. She talks easily to everybody.
Idi abia tae wako. It's better if there aren't too many people.
hence with perfect ka2 be enough; be over, be done
Ka wako. Ka ni-mokoiu k' wako. It's fine now, I've finished my nap.
s.o. in a good state, healthy
Oie ini ka wako. She has nicely put on weight. [her size is healthy now]
hence dynamic reading become healthy, heal
Motomoro iono kape wako. Your wound will heal.
in greetings, following a time noun (wishing you a) good…
Momobo wako! Good morning!
Bwogo wako! Good night ~ Good bye!
Ka i-vilu, ia mamote i-vete piene wako tae. She can walk already, but she doesn't speak well yet.
Ni-vodo ni-ko eo ka uña damiliko iono pi-te wako. I hope that you and your children are well.
well, with pleasure
Ai-e mana luro wako? Do you like eating rice?
alright! Expression of approval
I-ko “ Wako.” He said “It's okay.”
Li-watebo ñei li-wamabu da, da ai’ iape me ete iape da la-ko: “O, wako!” They asked the question, put out their request, and both parents said “It's alright.”
foll. by hortative sentence alright, so…! Interjection used to introduce a new action
Wako le-le le-katei! Alright, let's drag it now!
in tail-head linkage constructions once (action V) was finished, then…
U-vongo wako l-ab’ la-le. Once you've eaten, we'll go.
Pon i-la visone iape i-ka i-ngago. I-ngago wako, i-la puro kula i-vio ne waluko. He took his bow, and strung it. Once he had strung it, he took hold of a few arrows, and attached them to his waist.
hence at the beginning of a clause then; and
Li-mabui li-ae tanoe, wako ka li-lateli teve. They quietly dug a hole in the ground, and put (the treasure) there.
Li-wete mama ada; wako li-wapono. They pounded their (cooked) pudding, and proceeded to reheat it.
A noun, relational
leg side of the waist, hip
tree bole, trunk, located between the base ( utele) and the branches ( elela)
waluko luro trunk of a coconut tree
Li-le li-te tetavene pon, ne waluko ero. They went to stay uphill over there, along the river.
side of the waist, hip
I-ngago wako, i-la puro kula i-vio ne waluko. Once he'd strung his bow, he tied a few arrows around his hip.
waluko ote waluko ote noun
sago trunk a membranophone drum made of a sago tree; not native from Vanikoro, but found in islands further West
waluluo waluluo noun, relational
Kulevelu ka i-ve waluluo tete. The fowl has laid three eggs.
A verb, intransitive
oblique construction ask permission (from s.o., teve)
Li-le li-wamabu teve ai’ iape me ete iape. They went to ask permission to her parents.
B verb, transitive
transitive construction ask ‹s.o.› for permission, request
Li-wamabu uña teliki iakapa ne Vanikoro ka dapa teliki li-ko wako. They asked the chiefs on Vanikoro, and the chiefs accepted.
wamione ie pwoi pig bladder
plural sense s.th. small – for a plurality of referents ( opp. apilaka, ‘small: Singular’)
uña dameliko wamtaka small children
Li-apilo vekai wamtaka, biouro iape nga ne! They made small puddings, but still they were as long as this!
Kape le-toe langasuo peini, ka nengele wamitaka. You cut out the big rail, and then the smaller pieces.
Kava li-totoe, li-wete me wamtaka. You dice up the kava, you grind it into small bits.
Savene, uña kiñe po li-vei ñi wamtaka tamwase. Savene mats have their fibers woven very delicately.
A verb, transitive
hide ‹s.th.› (from s.o., mina)
Ka a-wamu labaro 'none vele? Where did you hide my shoes?
~wamu piene phrasal verb
hide speech talk using cryptic words, in order to keep o.'s speech hard to understand for the casual hearer
Le-wamu piene mina dapa. Let's keep our discussion secret from them.
B verb, reflexive
s.o. hide ‹oneself›, hide (from, mina ~ ñe)
Le-wamu kiapa ñe ini! Let's hide away from him!
Li-le li-wamu dapa ne pwa moe. They went to hide [ lit. hide themselves] under a house.
~wañaka (i·)waɲaka verb, intransitive
be angry, upset (at s.o., ñe; for s.th., ñe)
U-wañaka ñ’ en’ ’tapu! Don't be angry at me!
I-wañaka ñe tanoe, we ae? I think he's upset about land issues, or what?
A verb, transitive
heap up, pile up ‹s.th.› in large amounts
Li-le li-toe longe ne ngogoro ka li-tabe li-kamai li-wapio i-vio ne moe. They went to chop firewood in the bush, then brought it back and piled it up in the house.
Waiero i-bo voko i-wapio. The waves have piled up the stones together.
Li-wapio viko li-lui kape le-puie li-kilasi tadoe adapa. They piled up shellmoney, and began invoking their gods.
gather ‹people› in one place
B verb, reflexive
reflexive construction gather, meet, hold a meeting
Awis pine pe li-wapio kiapa li-vet' piene. Thank you for having gathered together to talk.
~wapono (i·)wapono verb, transitive
reheat ‹food that has been previously cooked›
Li-wete mama ada; wako li-wapono. They pounded their (cooked) pudding, and proceeded to reheat it.
wasawa wasawa noun, relational
Wasawa i-meli. My throat aches.
~wasi (i·)wasi verb, transitive
reveal ‹secret, knowledge+› to s.o. ( ñe)
Kape u-wasi uña ngaten’ na po pi-wasi ñ’ eo na. You will reveal all those ideas that we just revealed to you.
Mat’ eo nara kape u-wasi ñe idi ’tapu. Be careful not to give (the secret) away.
Kape ne-lui me ne-wasi ñe dapa enone, Teanu. I will reveal (these dances) to my people on Teanu.
different syntax inform ‹s.o.› of s.th. ( ñe), tell ‹s.o.› about s.th.
Ni-ko ne-wasi kaipa ñe Toplau mwa gete na. I wanted to tell you guys about the Men's Initiation house.
~wasu (i·)wasu verb, transitive
make ‹things› come back in order: tidy, straighten, fix ‹s.th.›
Ne-wasu ngaten' enaka i-vio. I'll tidy up my stuff.
U-wasu piene 'none. [fix my words] Please correct my mistakes.
sort out ‹issues›, settle ‹conflict›
arrange, organise ‹s.th.›
U-wasu kuo re u-min' ene. Please could you arrange for me a trip on that boat?
slg fix ‹a girl›: arrange a romantic relationship with ‹a girl› on behalf of s.o.; betroth ‹a girl› to a boy
U-le u-wasu emele re u-min' ene! [Go fix that girl for me] Please go and connect me with that girl!
Men' iape kape i-te ne toplau, ra basavono po kape ai' iape i-wasu emele i-min' ini. The son will live in the Men's house until the day when his father arranges a wife for him.
~wate 1 (i·)wate verb, transitive
hit ‹s.th.› with a loud noise, bang on ‹s.th.›, using o.'s hands or feet
bang on boards stomp on the dancing boards ( see tepapa): perform the main dance at the ngapiene festival
Li-wate tepapa, li-viane tepapa ponu; ka li-pinoe pon ta ka li-mako. They were hitting the boards, stomping on the boards: such was their dance.
see ~pinoe perform traditional dance
~wate 2 (i·)wate verb, transitive
point at ‹s.th., s.o.›, indicate
~watebo (i·)wateᵐbo verb, transitive
request ‹s.th.› (from s.o., ñe / teve), enquire about
Bwara le-ko le-watebo iepiene teve uña dapa wopine. We should rather enquire about those traditional stories from the elders.
oblique construction ask a question (from s.o., ñe)
I-watebo ñe et' iape. He asked her mother.
Li-watebo ñei li-wamabu da, da ai’ iape me ete iape da la-ko: “O, wako!” They asked the question, put their request, and both parents said “It's alright.”
watogobe watoᵑgoᵐbe noun
tie-beam, horizontal piece of timber
watogobe peini tokoli tie-beams supporting a raised floor structure
waviliro waviliro noun
POc *[qa]paliR Acanthurus
wavilo wafilo noun
piece of timber
wavilo peini tokoli tie-beams supporting a raised floor structure
Serves as the plural form of
Emele, we mwalkote? Is it a girl, or a boy?
Vao, we pe li-womanga? Is it wild, or tame?
Na toñaki we tepuke? Is it a European ship, or a Polynesian sailing canoe?
viñe teipu tete we teva three or four cups
Mata ini i-ledi, we i-kae? Was he hungry or something?
we 2 we possessive classifier
form of the possessive classifier used for food, tools, customary possessions etc. ( enaka*), with a noun possessor
(food) for ‹s.o.›
none we poi food for the pig
Li-bi vongoro we teliki iote, teliki iote, i-katau dapa awoiu. They collected almonds for each chief, one after the other, enough for [ lit. following] them all.
udo we tadoe
[ lit. bananas for Spirits] k.o. unedible banana
ilo we uvilo
[ lit. Terminalia for rats] k.o. unedible fruit tree
(tool) of ‹s.o.›
duduko we damala the spyglass of the foreigners
(language, customary knowledge+) of ‹s.o.›
uro we tongolukilo sorcery held by the witch
webwe weᵐbʷe noun
Toñaki iadapa i-ka i-sava webwe. Their ship used to come and buy troca shells (from the islanders).
meton armband worn by men during chiefly ceremonies, traditionally made of troca shell
hence armband worn by men during chiefly ceremonies or dances, and derived from a sago palm
Webwe i-vene i-wen' ne ma dapa; loko i-vio ne ma dapa; vilitoe i-vio ne viabasa dapa. They had armbands on their arms, scented leaves on their armbands; and white flowers in their hair.
Sago-leaf armbands ✧ webwe
Webwe, li-le ne ngogoro li-la ba ote li-kamai; awoiu li-kai. Awoiu li-la kiñe tete peini ba ote ponu, awoiu ka li-vei webwe ñei. Li-vei awoiu, li-koene ne ma idi. Li-ovei pe li-la loko i-vio ene.
‘To make armbands, you go to the bush, find some sago palms (
), and strip them into narrow bands. Then you take three of those bands, and weave them together into an armband. When it's finished, you can wear them on your arms. You can also stick
leaves onto them.’
A canoe paddle (
wele) from Vanikoro.
paddle, carved in wood
In’ na i-waivo idi pe li-bo vilo, kuo ngatene nga pon, wele, ngaten’ abia pon na… He's the one who taught us how to create things with wood, how to cut canoes, how to make paddles, all those things…
see lexical list at kuo canoe, boat
A verb, intransitive
s.o. lie down, be lying
Ka i-mamei ponu ka i-maliawo ka i-wene teve. As she was feeling cold, she lit a fire and lay down beside it.
Van' ni-wene ni-botongo nara kape le-punuo ñi. I sleep on (my money) so nobody can steal it.
Nga mwaliko i-bu, le-iu ebele ini i-wene ne kie ini. When somebody dies, their body is buried [and lies] in a grave.
s.th. be located somewhere, in whatever position
basa re po i-wen' iu re the mountain that's lying over there
Okoro 'naka pon i-wene vele? So where's my knife?
Uña ngaten' enaka i-wene tev' iu re. My stuff (bags+) is up over there.
Kie dapa i-wene Paiu. Their graves are in Paiou.
Animate subjects take
gen s.th. exist, be there
Bwoe baro nga na i-wene ne pwa motono. Hammerhead sharks like this live in the deep ocean.
Iuro i-wene. (this kind of canoe) it has a mast.
hence combined with possessed NP forms possessive predicates similar to Eng. ‘have’
Monon' enaka iote pine i-wene. [one big box of mine is there…] I've got a huge wooden trunk.
Temaka na, iepiene peini i-wene. This place has stories attached to it.
B second verb, intransitive
resultative serialisation s.th. be located somewhere after having be displaced. Usually not translated
U-re i-wene! Leave that alone. [ lit. you drop it, it lies]
La-wamu ne bonge iote i-wene pon. They hid (the treasure) in a cave. [ lit. they hid it in a cave it's ‘lying’ there]
Ni-mui temamene 'none i-wene ne moe. I left behind my bag in the house.
action go ahead, go on
i-wene i-wene construction
it stays it stays on and on, continuously; for a long time
Li-waivo ene i-wene i-wene. I keep learning every day.
Idi pe li-te ne toplau pe i-wene i-wene, ebieve kape i-pu i-sali. Some (boys) live in the Men's house for a lo—ng time, sometimes for years.
~wene moli (i·)wene moli
be-there unconstrained be easy (to s.o., teve)
Piene adapa i-wen’ moli, i-aiae tae! Their language is easy, it's not difficult.
Ni-lengi i-wen' moli. It's very easy to understand.
Matapiene pon, i-wene moli teve dapa. That life was so easy for them.
Nganae le-ko l-ajau, i-wene moli teve dapa. Whatever they wanted to do, was easy to them.
~wene teve (i·)wene teve verb, oblique
be-there with belong to ‹s.o.›. Forms possessive predicates equivalent to Eng. ‘have’
Nganae awa dapa i-viaene, na, i-wen' teve dapa. Whatever they wanted, they could have it. [ lit. it was there with them]
Sitoa iote i-wene tev' ai' one. My father had a shop.
~wete (i·)wete verb, transitive
violently push a long, hard object into ‹s.o., s.th.›: pierce, spear, stab, pound+
li-wete namuko go fishing using a spear
shoot ‹s.o., s.th.› with arrow
Pe li-wete telupe, u-avi visone ka u-iui diro i-le i-wete ini. When you hunt [ lit. shoot] pigeons, you bend your bow, and let the arrow fly and hit it.
pound ‹s.o., s.th.› with the end of a long stick, or any similar implement
Vilisao i-abu i-abu i-wete toñaki ie Laperus pon i-metelu. The tornado came all the way down and pounded Lapérouse's ship, which sank immediately.
drive ‹digging stick, ekuo› into the ground, to soften it when planting tubers
ekuo pe li-wete ñe tanoe a digging stick [stick used to spear the ground]
in gardening dig out ‹swamp taro, vivilo› by driving a digging stick into the ground; hence harvest
Vivilo li-wete ñe ekuo, li-wete li-kamai. Cyrtosperma taros, we dig them out with the digging stick, and take them home.
Techn Alocasia taros (
vioe) are harvested by digging ( Cf. ~ae2); whereas Colocasia taros ( jebute) are harvested by pulling ( Cf. ~au1).
see lexical list at ~bi1 harvest
in cooking pound ‹taros, almonds+› in a bowl, using a long and heavy pestle
I-tau jebute moioe ponu, i-loko i-ka i-le ne monone ka i-wete. I-wete awoiu ka i-ejau mama ada. Once the taro was cooked, she put it in a bowl and began to pound it. When she finished pounding it, she made the pudding.
Li-wete jebute li-wete vongoro awoiu pon, li-ejau mama. We mash taros, we crush almonds, and thus make the pudding.
~wete mama phrasal verb
pound pudding prepare the mama pudding, by pounding cooked taros and Canarium almonds in a bowl ( monone) with a pestle
Li-wete mama adapa. They prepared the pudding.
This dish is prepared for important social occasions.
grind ‹kava+› using a longish coral stone or a pestle
Li-wete kava awoiu ka li-vili. After grinding the kava, we squeeze it.
pin ‹clothes, leaves+› using a needle or a small pointed stick
pin sago prepare the roofing of a house, by pinning together sago leaves
Li-wete otovo awoiu pon li-ejau telemoe. Once the thatch is finished, we make the house walls.
Otovo iupa ka tamwaliko, pi-tabo pi-wete kula motoe. Our roofing has been damaged, we are making [ lit. pinning] a new one.
wik wik noun
I-la wik iune! It takes a whole week!
~wo 1 (i·)wo verb, intransitive
run away, escape (from, mina)
P-aiu pe-wo pe-le ne ngogoro! Get up and run away to the bush!
Ba-wo etapu! Don't run away!
~wo 2 (i·)wo verb, transitive
carry ‹basket, net+› on o.'s back, hanging from a strap put around forehead
Ni-wo topola 'none ne die 'ne. I'm carrying my bag on my back (hanging on my forehead).
This way of carrying is typically used when coming back home from the gardens, whether to carry firewood or harvested food.
~wo 3 (i·)wo verb, transitive
list, enumerate ‹several things›, mention one by one
Dapa li-wo enga dapa i-ka. They told out their names, one after the other.
La-tabo la-teli utele i-le la-wo enga temaka. Alright, let's start listing the placenames again.
Ka a-wo awoiu? Have you read it?
~wo 4 (i·)wo verb, intransitive
plant bear fruit
Udo ono pe a-vo ka i-wo. The banana trees which you planted have already borne their fruits.
Vewo, basavono na mamote i-wo tae. The chestnuts haven't borne fruit yet.
~woi (i·)woi verb, transitive
stick ‹long object: knife+› into s.th.; thrust, drive in
Li-woi okoro ñe utedie ini. They stuck a knife in his back.
plant ‹manioc+› into the ground
Li-woi elela manioka. They planted a stock of manioc.
put up, erect ‹post+› by sticking it in ground
Blateno ponu li-woi ne mane. They have put up the ritual posts on the dancing area.
Dapa li-woi nuduro ne touro. They put up taboo signs ( nuduro) on the seashore.
bang ‹body part› with a shock
Men' one i-tabau i-woi visibaele ini ne touro. My son fell down and hurt his knee on the reef.
Ni-woi basa ene li-asai. I banged by head, and it was stitched up.
bang ‹heavy object› with a noise
pound bamboos on the ground, to make music
~woi okoro (i·)woi okoro phrasal verb
pound bamboos pound heavy bamboos vertically and repeatedly onto the ground, to mark bass rhythms while singing
Kape ba-woi okoro, bai-oburo ne mane. We shall pound the bamboos and sing songs, in the dancing area.
Bamboos are especially played that way in a musical genre called
buro bula okoro ‘songs for bamboos’. A handful of musicians are lined up in the centre of the village area ( mane); as they pound the bamboos, they sing songs, to the sound of which the dancers dance around them.
the day before yesterday
the other day: any day in the past that can be accessed by memory
Woiote, keba Faithful ba-ioi teuko… The other day, I went fishing with Faithful…
~wokobe (i·)wokoᵐbe verb, transitive
welcome ‹traveller› upon their arrival, typic. on the beach
Teliki iadapa li-abu li-ka, li-wokobe da po la-sai kuo. The chiefs came down and welcomed them as they landed their canoe (on the beach).
woloko woloko noun
Red Ginger, k.o. plant with bright red flowers (Zingiberaceae) Alpinia purpurata
wolowolo wolowolo noun
Mota wolowolo across; a cross
a Christian cross
Li-vesu wolowolo erect a cross
Ngiro i-aka ponu ra ka i-vokoiu wolowolo pon, i-vokoiu ka i-tabau. The hurricane blew so hard that it destroyed the cross, and brought it down.
~womanga (i·)womaŋa verb, transitive
POc *maŋan feed
give food to, feed ‹man, animal›
Poi pe li-womanga ne kulumoe, vao i-moloe ne ngogoro. Domesticated pigs are fed in the village, but wild pigs wander about in the forest.
pe li-womanga phrase
animal (one) which is fed tame, domestic
Vao, we pe li-womanga? Is (this animal) wild, or tame?
womoe womoe noun
purlin: horizontal beam in the roof structure, situated half way up, between the stringpiece and the ridge beam ( pumene)
There are normally two such purlins on each side of the roof.
wonone wonone noun
rare kinds of food: plural of none ‘food’
wonone pe li-e the various types of food
plural sense s.th. big, large (and numerous)
Ka ba wopine ponu! Look at those huge (taro) stalks!
contrasts with pine big: Singular
s.o. older, adult (and numerous)
Dapa po li-kila emele, dapa wopine. Those who are married, the adults.
Daviñevi wopine li-ovei pe li-anu kava. Adult women are allowed to drink kava.
implicitly masculine s.o. great, of high rank (and numerous)
Dapa noma, li-ovei pe li-loko uie woubo pe le-vei bavede peini. People before used to weave sails out of pandanus leaves.
wowo 1 wowo noun, relational
top of ‹tree+›
wowo iero the top of the Casuarina tree
~wowo 2 (i·)wowo verb, intransitive
Dapa kula ka li-bu ne revo, dapa kula li-wowo li-koie ne kulumoe. Some of them died in the sea, some others swam till they reached the island.
Li-wowo ñe viko iadapa. They swam with their treasures.
~wowo 3 (i·)wowo verb, transitive
plant ‹tuber, esp. yam› in the ground
None pon, ini ñepe pe i-ta, pe li-wowo tae. This kind of yam grows on its own, it is not planted.
~wowo 4 (i·)wowo verb, transitive
draw ‹water, salt water› in a bamboo ( jokoro)
Emel' iote i-le i-wowo revo i-ka i-sabisi se awene. A woman went to draw saltwater, and brought it back to pour it above the oven.
bail out ‹water› from a boat
Ni-wowo revo i-ke mina lema kuo. I'm bailing out the (sea) water from inside the canoe.