Protoform: KOMI [MP] Close the jaws on

Description: Close the jaws on
Reconstruction: Reconstructs to MP: Malayo-Polynesian

*4 POc *komi ‘close the jaws on something, hold something. in the mouth’ (LPO V:270).
*5 PMP *kemi, *gemi "Suckerfish (Remora); hold on by biting" (ACD).

Pollex entries:

Language Reflex Description Source
New Zealand Maori Komi Bite, close the jaws on, eat (Wms)
Rennellese Komi To hold (as in the mouth), clasp firmly, to close (as a clam), to insert in a small opening (Ebt)
Samoan ʔOmiʔomi Press between the hands (Prt)

3 entries found

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