Protoform: SERU [CE] Scratch the earth, as a fowl does, scrape, dig

Description: Scratch the earth, as a fowl does, scrape, dig
Reconstruction: Reconstructs to CE: Central-Eastern Polynesian

*1 Cf. PN *selu "comb"

Pollex entries:

Language Reflex Description Source
Easter Island Heru/heru Scrape or scratch (of fowls) (Fts)
Hawaiian Helu-a To scratch the earth, as a hen; to dig with the fingers; to paw the earth, as an angry bull (Pki)
Mangareva ʔEru Throw aside with hands or feet (Jnu)
Marquesas Heʔu. Gratter, râcler, frotter (Dln)
Marquesas Heʔu/heʔu (MQN), feʔu/feʔu (MQS) Gratter le sol; scratch the ground Phonologically Irregular (Chf)
Penrhyn Seru To thrash (in swimming), dog-paddle Uncertain Semantic Connection (Sta)
Penrhyn Heru/heru Dig, rake, scrape Phonologically Irregular (Sta)
Raʔivavae Heru To scratch up earth or surface rubbish from here and there (Stn)
Rarotongan ʔEru-a Scratch (ground, as a hen), rake through (with hands), scrape up, shuffle about, ransack (Bse)
Rarotongan ʔEru Scrape (aside), slash (Bse)
Tahitian Heru Gratter la terre (en parlant d'une poule), fouiller la terre (Lmt)
Tuamotu Heru Scratch the earth, scrape, dig out (Stn)
West Futuna Seru-akea Tear off a piece Problematic (Cpl)

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