Protoform: MAQONI.* [PN] True, genuine: *ma(a)qoni

Description: True, genuine: *ma(a)qoni
Reconstruction: Reconstructs to PN: Polynesian

*1 Cf. PPN *ma(a)qoli "true, real, genuine".
*4 POC *ma-qoni 'true, real' (LPO V:553). [PN + Balawaia]
*8 Note. I'd have to concede that *n forms are widely enough distributed to warrant reconstructing the second form as well as the first. But is there any basis for distinguishing the length of the first vowel?
My rough tally suggests that both *n and *l forms show about equal numbers of reflexes with long & short vowels (Clk).

Pollex entries:

Language Reflex Description Source
Anuta Mooni True, as opposed to a lie Problematic (Fbg)
East Uvea Maʔoni Bien, comme il faut (a la fin des verbes) (Rch)
East Uvea Maʔoni/ʔoni Juste, vrai; sinc?re, sans d?faut; bien, comme il faut (a la fin des verbes) (Rch)
East Uvea Faka/maʔoni/ʔoni Vertueux, sincere, saint (Rch)
East Uvea Moʔoni Vrai, sur, certain Problematic (Rch)
Luangiua Ha/maoŋi True! (Hbn)
Luangiua Haa/maoŋi True (of relatives, friends). Best (friend). (Smd)
Niuafoʔou Moʔoni True (Tmo)
Nukumanu Mauni True Phonologically Irregular (Fbg)
Nukumanu Haka/maoni Truly, truth; faithful; to fulfil (prophecy) (Trt)
Pukapuka Maaonioni Skilful and industrious at work (of a woman) (Bge)
Samoan Moni True, speak truth (Prt). Be true (Mnr) (Prt)
Samoan Faʔa/m(a)oni Tell the truth, be certain (Prt)
Samoan Faʔa/maoni/ True, loyal (Prt)
Sikaiana Maaoni True, genuine (Sps)
Takuu Maaoni True, real; truly, really (Mle)
Tokelau Moni True, sincere, honest (Sma)
Tokelau Faka/maa/oni Be honest, be faithful; honesty, faithfulness, integrity (Sma)
Tongan Moʔoni True, genuine, real, intrinsic (Cwd)
Tongan Faka/moʔoni To give evidence, to bear witness, to produce or afford evidence or proof of the truth of (Cwd)
Tongan Fai maʔoni Persist, keep on (Cwd)
Tongan Maaʔoniʔoni Morally pure, sincere and upright; righteous (in the true sense); impeccable (Cwd)
Tongan Möóni. Co-möóni. Truth; actual, trusty. Indeed it is true/ (Mar)
Tuvalu Faka/maoni Loyal, honest, trustworthy, reliable, faithful, to prove, establish proof or credibility, verify honesty, loyalty, integrity (I). (Jsn)
Tuvalu Fakamaaoni Faithful;, earnest, serious; trustworthy (Nks)

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