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Index o
o
oburo
odo
oe
oi
oie
oko
oko mwaliko
oko woko
okoro
okoro aplaka
okoro moli
okoro mulusa pine
olawo
ole
ole
~oma
on
on menuko
one
ono
onole
onoro
onoro woro
opogo
opola
otovo
otovo kangilo
otovo kotekote
ou
~ou
ov
ova
ovei
ovene
ovene boro
ovene koro
o  [o] -.
oburo  [oᵐburo] -.
odo  [oⁿdo] -.
oe  [oe] -.
oi  [oi] -.
oie  [oie] noun, obligatorily possessed.

(1) ⟨tree⟩  central part, trunk. tronc.

utele ‘base’

oie bale
the trunk of a breadfruit tree

(2) ⟨s.o.⟩  size of body, stoutness.

~karau ‘grow stout’

Oie ini aplaka.
[her stoutness is small] She is slim.

Oie ini tae.
[she has no stoutness] She is skinny.

Oie ini ka wako.
[her size is good now] She has put on weight now.
oko  [oko] noun. bamboo. Shorter variant of okoro, used in some compound forms.

[ POc *qauR. ]

oko mwaliko  -. <Bot> lit. “male bamboo” : k.o. bamboo. Bambusa spp.

oko

oko woko  -. <Bot> k.o. bamboo. Bambusa spp.

oko

okoro  [okoro] noun. <Bot> Poss: enaka

(1) bamboo. Bambusa spp.

mulusa okoro
bamboo knot

(2) name of certain artefacts made of bamboo.

Syn: jokoro

Li-panade okoro awoiu li-si tele-mwoe peini mwoe.
We split the bamboos, to make the wallings of a house.

(3) a heavy bamboo, used as a stamping tube. Singers of buro bula okoro ‘bamboo songs’ stamp (~woi) the bamboo on the ground, thereby producing a deep sound as they sing along.

~woi

buro bula okoro
⟨song genre⟩ Songs for Bamboos

Le-woi okoro awoiu l-oburo i-katau.
They pound bamboos, and then they sing along.

(4) (esp) a traditional knife made of bamboo; hence (modern) knife; bushknife, machete.

Ni-aka okoro ne ero.
I washed the knife in the river.

[ POc *qauR. ]

okoro aplaka  -. lit. “small knife” : metal knife, esp. used for cooking, peeling, etc.. It is called ‘small knife’ by comparison with the ordinary bushknife or machete.

okoro

I-ta balawe ñe okoro aplaka.
He's peeling a pineapple with a small knife.
okoro moli  -. <Bot> lit. “empty (?) bamboo” : variety of bamboo. Bambusa spp.

okoro

okoro mulusa pine  -. <Bot> lit. “large-internode bamboo” : variety of bamboo, larger and stronger. Bambusa spp.

okoro

olawo  [olawo] noun. <Sea> coral. Acroporidae spp.

ole  [ole] noun.

(1) sand. sable.

tanoe

Nara ole i-somoli!
Make sure it's not damaged by the sand.

(2) area covered by sand; esp. sand beach.

Syn: nom' ole ‘beach’

pwama ole
along the beach

Ini i-le i-katau ole.
He was walking along the beach.

[ POc *qone. ]

ole  [ole] -.
~oma  [(i·)oma] intransitive verb. (gen) fish or forage for seafood. pêcher.

Le-le tetake ne touro l-oma!
Let's walk to the shore and find some (sea) food.
on  [on] -.
on menuko  [on menuko] noun. <Fish>

(1) (gen) lit. “friendly fish” : kingfish, trevally. Carangidae spp.

mabere

(2) (esp) Bluefin trevally. Caranx melampygus.

one  [one] -.
ono  [ono] -.
onole  [onole] noun. <Fish> Bluespot Mullet. Valamugil seheli.

[ POc *kanase. ]

onoro  [onoro] noun. <Fish> Barracuda. barracuda. Sphyraena genie.

onoro woro  -. smaller variety of barracuda.

onoro

opogo  [opoᵑgo] -.
opola  [opola] -.
otovo  [otovo] noun. <Bot>

(1) sago tree (Arecaceae). M. salomonense.

(2) (meton) sago leaves, esp. used for roofing houses.

Syn: uie otovo ‘sago leaves’

li-wete otovo
[lit. pin sago] put together a set of sago leaves, in preparing the roofing (see wete*)

(3) (meton) thatch, roof of a house, typic. made of sago leaves.

Syn: ote

Otovo iupa ka tamwaliko, pi-tabo pi-wete kula motoe.
Our roofing has been damaged, we are making [lt. pinning] a new one.

Okoro 'naka i-vio ne otovo iu tae?
Can you see my knife, hanging from the roof?

[ POc *qatop. ]

otovo kangilo  -. <Bot> variety of sago tree, characterised by a smaller trunk and smooth leaf sheaths. Metroxylon warburgii.

otovo

otovo kotekote  -. <Bot> lit. “spiny sago” : variety of sago tree, characterised by a larger trunk and spiny leaf sheaths. Metroxylon rumphii.

otovo

Otovo kotekote, utele pine.
Spiny sago trees have large trunks.
ou  [ou] -.
~ou  [(i·)ou] intransitive verb. ⟨dog⟩  bark. aboyer.

~mo

Kuli i-ou pe bogo.
The dog is barking because it's night.
ov  [ov] -.
ova  [ova] -.
ovei  [ovei] -.
ovene  [ovene] noun. <Ornith> Reef Heron. Ardea sacra.

ovene boro  -. lit. “black heron” : Reef Heron, dark variety or phase.

ovene

ovene koro  -. lit. “white heron” : Reef Heron, white variety or phase.

ovene

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