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A dictionary of Teanu (Vanikoro, Solomon Islands)
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teanu dictionary
Index u
~u
ua
ua bale we Ginio
ua vilo
ubi
udo
udo pe i-ako
udo pe li-vo
udo vaiene
udo vakaero
udo we tadoe
~udu
ui
uie
uie baliñoe
uko
uku1
~uku2
ule
ule uie wopine
uluko
uo1
uo2
upa
urene
utaugo
utedie
utele
uvilo
uña
uñe
~u  [(i·)u] transitive verb. wipe ‹s.th.› dry or clean.

U-u mwa eo!
Wipe your mouth!
ua  [ua] ~ wa  noun. ⟨plant⟩  fruit.

~wo [4] ‘bear fruit’

ua wido
fruit of Barringtonia

[ POc *puaq. ]

ua bale we Ginio  [ua ᵐbale we Ginio] noun. <Bot>

(1) lit. “Ginio's breadfruit” : Ankle rattle tree. Pangium edule. ◈ The fruit name refers to an unknown character Ginio.

(2) ankle rattles used in dancing.

Ua bale we Ginio, pi-pinoe ñei.
We use ankle rattles to perform our dances.
ua vilo  -. (gen) lit. “fruit of tree” : fruit of indefinite or generic species.

ua

Li-bi ua 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.
ubi  [uᵐbi] -.
udo  [uⁿdo] noun. <Bot> banana. Musa spp.

li-vo udo
plant a banana tree

mouro udo / taña udo
banana bundle

bele udo
skin of banana fruit

Udo ono pe a-vo ka i-wo.
The banana trees which you planted have already borne their fruits.

Udo kata kape ka moso.
The bananas are almost ripe.

[ POc *pudi. ]

udo pe i-ako  -. lit. “ripe bananas” : k.o. banana, characterised by a sweeter taste.

udo

Uña udo pe i-ako, li-lui i-avo ne tone.
The ripe bananas had been put to hang from the hook.
udo pe li-vo  -. lit. “planted bananas” : k.o. banana.

udo

udo vaiene  -. k.o. banana.

udo

udo vakaero  -. k.o. banana.

udo

Udo, enga tilu: udo vaiene, ka udo vakaero.
They had two types of bananas: vaiene, and vakaero.
udo we tadoe  -. lit. “Spirits' banana” : unidentified plant from the bush, unedible.

udo

~udu  [(i·)uⁿdu] intransitive verb. ⟨liquid⟩  drip, fall by drops.

~pu [1] ‘flow’

Tengiro i-udu.
His tears were dripping.

Abo peini ma i-udu.
His blood was dripping from his hand.
ui  [ui] -.
uie  [uie] -.
uie baliñoe  [uie ᵐbaliɲoe] noun. <Bot> unidentified tree variety, similar to Areca catechu (see buioe), yet unsuitable for human consumption.

uko  [uko] noun. <Zool> louse.

Et' aidi li-odo uko ñe basa damiliko iadapa.
The mums are looking for lice on their children's heads.

[ POc *kutu. ]

uku1   [uku] noun, kinship. 1s: uk' one affine of different generation (vs. mule).

(1) father-in-law (WF, HF), mother-in-law (WM, HM), and their siblings.

(2) son-in-law (DH), daughter-in-law (SW), and their siblings.

(3) ⟨ego male⟩  nephew's wife (ZSW, MBDSW).

~uku2   [(i·)uku] intransitive verb. cough.

Menu one i-ekili ka i-uku.
My baby trembles and coughs.
ule  [ule] noun. (gen) creeping vine. Hyperonym for a number of creeping plants.

kasule

[ POc *puRebeach creeper, prototypically Ipomoea pes-caprae’. ]

ule uie wopine  -. <Bot> lit. “big-leafed ule” : Goat's Foot vine. Ipomoea pes-caprae. ◈ Sometimes shortened to ule.

ule

uluko  [uluko] -.
uo1   [uo] noun. <Bot> yam, esp. Greater yam. Dioscorea alata.

none ‘Potato yam’

li-wowo uo
plant yams

li-vai uo
bake yams

uo moloe
red yam

Na uo kula kupa ka pi-ae.
These are a few yams we just dug out.

[ POc *qupi. ]

uo2   [uo] noun. cairn of stones.

Li-iu dapa li-bei dapa ñe voko li-ko nga uo.
They would bury them and cover them with stones, it was like a cairn.
upa  [upa] -.
urene  [urene] -.
utaugo  [utauᵑgo] noun. <Fish> Yellowfin Goatfish. Mulloidichthys vanikolensis.

utedie  [uteⁿdie] -.
utele  [utele] -.
uvilo  [uvilo] -.
uña  [uɲa] -.
uñe  [uɲe] -.
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