Protoform: MARA [OC] Food fermented to preserve it, or to enhance the taste

Description: Food fermented to preserve it, or to enhance the taste
Reconstruction: Reconstructs to OC: Oceanic

*4 POC *mara "be spoiled, foul (of food or drink)" (LPO I:159).
*41 PCEMP *madar "ripe, overripe" (Bst. 1993a).
*5 PEM *mada "ripe, soft" (Bst.1978).
*1 Cf. NP *mala "sour, bitter"

Pollex entries:

Language Reflex Description Source
Anuta Maa mei Fermented breadfruit Borrowed (Fbg)
Anuta Ma/maa A type of food made from a number of vegetable substances, buried in large pits where it is fermented to acid, in which condition it can be kept for many years without spoiling (Fbg)
Emae Maa Fermented breadfruit Borrowed (Clk)
Fijian Madra/i Fermented breadfruit (Cpl)
Ifira-Mele Mara Fermented breadfruit, taro or banana (Clk)
Mangareva Maa Breadfruit or taro preserved by fermentation. Nourriture fermentée à base de fruits à pain ou de taro Borrowed (Rch)
Marquesas Maʔa Rotten (Dln)
Marquesas Ma. Maa (Atl). Breadfruit preserved by fermentation. Fruits à pain fermentés et conservés dans un silo, trou en terre ou récipient. Borrowed (Lch)
Mota Mala/s To go sour; food not eaten the day it is cooked (Cdn)
New Zealand Maori Mara Sea-food fermented in fresh water (Bgs)
Nggela Manda Ripe (Fox)
Rennellese Maga/i Set aside food before eating (believed to improve the taste (Ebt)
Rotuman Mata Wet Uncertain Semantic Connection (Cwd)
Rotuman Mara So ripe as to fall off tree (of certain fruit) (Cwd)
Samoan Mala Soft (Prt)
Tongan Maa Kind of ensilage (but for human consumption) usually made from plantains or bananas, in a hole in the earth (Cwd)
Tongan Ma A sort of food (Mar)
West Futuna Mara Variety of pudding Problematic (Dty)

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