Protoform: TIFA.1A [OC] Pearl shell

Description: Pearl shell
Reconstruction: Reconstructs to OC: Oceanic

*2 PCP *jiva "pearl oyster" (LPO I:104).
*3 PEO *javi "pearl shell" (Gty. 1983).
*4 POC *japi "bivalve taxon probably Pinctada maxima, gold-lipped pearl shell; ornament made from this" (LPO I:104; IV:193).

Pollex entries:

Language Reflex Description Source
Anuta Tipa Pearlshell (Fbg)
East Futuna Tifa Huitre perliere, nacre (Gzl)
East Uvea Sifa Huitre perlière, nacre (Rch)
Fijian Civa Pearl oyster (Cpl)
New Zealand Maori Tiwha Decorate carving with paua shell (Wms)
New Zealand Maori Titiwha Show out, gleam (Wms)
Niue Tifa Mother-of-pearl shell; bonito hook made of pearl shell; earring; plant (Acacia spirorbis) [from resemblance of its fruit to earrings] (Sph)
Rarotongan Tiʔa Pearl-shell breastplate (Bse)
Rennellese Tiha To be or appear white, as some flowers, or sun-bleached *kie* leaves; said esp. of vertical objects Uncertain Semantic Connection (Ebt)
Rotuman Tifa Oyster-shell Problematic (Cwd)
Samoan Tifa Mother-of-pearl (Prt)
Sikaiana Tiha Mother-of-pearl (Dnr)
Tahitian Tifa Striped with various colours Uncertain Semantic Connection (Dvs)
Tikopia Tifa Mother-of-pearl; flat shell ornament for breast (Fth)
Tokelau Tifa Pearl Oyster (Meleagrina sp.), which produces mother of pearl; mother of pearl shell, highly valued for making skipjack lures (Sma)
Tongan Sifa Mother-of-pearl pendant (Cwd)
Tongan Chifa A mother o'pearl shell, worn as an ornament by men, upon the breast, hanging by a string round the neck (Mar)
Tuvalu Tifa Pearl shell; plate (Jsn)
Waya Civa Pearl oyster (Ply)

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