Protoform: FANAU [MP] Have child, give birth, bear

Description: Have child, give birth, bear
Reconstruction: Reconstructs to MP: Malayo-Polynesian

*1 Cf. PN *faanau
*4 POC *pa(ny)aRu(d, k) "give birth, be born" (Bst.1978).
*5 PMP *pañaRu "give birth" (ACD). [Based on PN and Chamorro only!]
*8 Note. TON and NIU contrast short /a/ in the verb ("give birth") with long /aa/ in the noun ("offspring"). The great majority of Nuclear Polynesian languages have /aa/ in both forms.

Pollex entries:

Language Reflex Description Source
Niue Fanau Give birth, bring forth, lay eggs (McE)
Tongan Fanau-ʔi Have a child or children (human, animal, fish, but not birds). To bear, give birth to. (Cwd)
Tongan Fánów Pregnancy, childbirth (Mar)

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