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A dictionary of Mwotlap (Banks Is., Vanuatu)
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Index
n̄an
n̄aymeyen
n̄ey
n̄eyda
n̄eydi
n̄[e]ye1
n̄[e]ye~2
n̄[e]yeg
n̄[e]yen̄ye~
n̄eyn̄ey
n̄ē
n̄ēhA
n̄ēhB
n̄ēhlaw
n̄ēlmet
n̄ēy
n̄[ē]yēh1
n̄[ē]yēh1B
n̄[ē]yēh2
n̄i
n̄[i]li~
n̄it
n̄oyhey
n̄oyn̄oy
n̄[u]yun̄yu~
n̄an  (na-n̄an) [naŋan] noun. gums

[ PNCV, POc *ŋado. ]

n̄aymeyen  (na-n̄aymeyen) [naŋajmɛjɛn] noun. <Ins> cockroachBlattidae spp.

n̄ey  (°na-n̄ey) [naŋɛj] noun. <Bot> Pini nut or Java almond (Burseraceae), bsl. Nangae. Canarium indicum.

nē-glē n̄ey / ni-lig n̄ey
almond tree sap

ni-sim n̄ey
almond oil

[ PNCV *ʔaŋaʀi. POc *[ka]ŋaʀi. ]

n̄eyda  (°na-n̄eyda) [naŋɛjⁿda] noun. <Bot> one of the two kinds of almond (na-n̄ey). Canarium indicum.

n̄eydi  (°na-n̄eydi) [naŋɛjⁿdi] noun. <Bot> one of the two kinds of almond (na-n̄ey). Canarium indicum.
n̄[e]ye1   (na-n̄ye) [naŋjɛ] noun. <Géo> tip of land stretching into the sea, cape, promontory.

Kōyō vēy tekel n̄eye en.
They made the turning point.
n̄[e]ye~2   (na-n̄ye~) [naŋjɛ] -. <Anat> 1s: na-n̄ye-k 3s: na-n̄ya-n snout ; mouth

(1) mouth ; esp. outside the mouth (opp. vele~): lips, lower part of face.

nogo~ ‘visage’

ni-vinvin n̄eye~

(2) the mouth as seat of speech ; hence manner of speaking..

Na-gatgat to-M̄otlap mal mat le-n̄ye!
The Mwotlap language succumbs in your mouth ! (You speak it perfectly)

Kē itōk, ba na-n̄yan ne-het, veg kē ni-boboel memeh.
She's good at heart, but has a nasty character [lit. her mouth is bad]: she easily loses her temper.

(3) mouth, muzzle, beak, bill.

n̄eyen̄ye~

n̄uyun̄yu~

Koloyni na-Gop, na-n̄ye en ne-heyhey, ne-mlēmlēg.
My friend the Heron, your bill is pointed and black.

(4) tip or extremity of a horizontal object.

Syn: keye~

hey ‘pointu’

na-n̄ye qēt-ok

na-n̄ye tete

(5) piece of land reaching out to sea, cape, promontory.

[ Mota n̄ere. ]

n̄[e]yeg  [ŋɛjɛɣ] transitive verb. sell
n̄[e]yen̄ye~  (na-n̄yen̄ye~) [naŋjɛŋjɛ] -. mouth, beak, bill (Cf. n̄eye~), of outstanding shape.
n̄eyn̄ey  [ŋɛjŋɛj] intransitive verb. whine

[ Mota n̄erewhine, squeak...’. PNCV *ŋerecry, make noise’. ]

n̄ē  (nē-n̄ē) [nɪŋɪ] -.
n̄ēh   [ŋɪh] -. when 'future': questioning the future (opp. an̄ēh 'when past').

Nēk tō-m̄ōl lok se n̄ēh?
When must you go back?
n̄ēh   loc. one day, (if) ever, never: indefinite adverb referring to the future, norm. in hypothetical or temporal protases.

Dōyō leg n̄ēh nen en…
If ever we get married / If we marry one day...

Kimi lep n̄ēh nē-tlēn e, na-m̄at nan kē to-boel kimi.
If ever you steal his eggs, this snake will get angry with you.

[ Mota a-n̄aisa. PNCV *ŋaʔisa. POc *ŋaican. ]

n̄ēhlaw  (nē-n̄ēhlaw) [nɪŋɪhlaw] noun. <Bot> k.o. beach shrub providing hard wood. Scaevola taccata.

n̄ēlmet  (nē-n̄ēlmet) [nɪŋɪlmɛt] noun. <Mer>

(1) coral reef, bordering the lagoon; partic. upper part of this reef which is visible at low tide (opp. lower part, nē-n̄ēlm̄al).

M̄eylap, tateh n̄ēlmet, ba qotmet aē.
On the island of Merlav, there is no coral platform (n̄ēlmet), but there is a coastline (qotmet).

(2) space limited by this coral reef: at high tide, the lagoon; at low tide, the coral platform.

sekey

qotmet

Nok so van kaykay gantēl mōmō susu a lē-n̄ēlmet, ne-met ma-mah !
I'll go and get some small fish out of the lagoon, because it's low tide.

[ Mota n̄olmeatthe fringing reef about low water’. ]

n̄ēy  (nē-n̄ēy) [nɪŋɪj] noun. <Bot> k.o. beach shrub providing hard wood. Pemphis acidula.

[ POc *ŋiRac. ]

n̄[ē]yēh1   (°na-n̄yēh) [naŋjɪh] noun. mucus
n̄[ē]yēh1   intransitive verb. ...

[ Mota n̄orisafull of mucus’. PNCV *ŋoriedge, upper lip’. ]

n̄[ē]yēh2   (na-n̄yēh) [naŋjɪh] noun. <Bot> non-edible varieties of ginger. Alpinia spp.

n̄i  (ni-n̄i) [niŋi] ~ nē-n̄ē ~   noun. <Bot> assembled objects, gen. plants, attached either naturally (bunch, cluster) or artifically (bundle, bunch).

ni-n̄i gayga
[bundle of ropes]
n̄[i]li~  (ni-n̄li~) [niŋli] -. top shoot of a plant.

ni-n̄li qey...

[ Mota n̄oli-utop shoot of a plant’. PNCV *ŋoli. ]

n̄it  [ŋit] transitive verb. bite

(1) bite, with one's teeth ; [insect] bite.

kuy ‘croquer’

Na-bago mi-n̄it mat kē.
He was bitten by a shark.

(2) nibble, bite someone, esp. a woman biting a man during lovemaking. Evokes physical pleasure and, by metonymy, feeling between two lovers.

n̄oyhey  (no-n̄oyhey) [nɔŋɔjhɛj] noun. <Pois> reef fish, with a long pointed snout.

(1) lit. “sharp beak” : Longnose emperor, bsl. Redmaot: reef fish, 70 cm. Lethrinus miniatus.

(2) "Red mouth". Lethrinus chrysostomus.

[ Mota n̄orasere. ]

n̄oyn̄oy  [ŋɔjŋɔj] intransitive verb. snore

[ PNCV, POc *ŋorasnore, grunt, breathe’. ]

n̄[u]yun̄yu~  (nu-n̄yun̄yu~) [nuŋjuŋju] ~ nu-gyugyu~  -. ⟨pig⟩  snout, nose.

n̄ye~ ‘bouche, bec’

nu-n̄yun̄yu qo

nu-n̄yun̄yu qo
pig nose
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