Protoform: WAO.B [PN] In compounds meaning 'wild, undomesticated' (of animals), 'savage' (of humans)

Description: In compounds meaning ʔwild, undomesticatedʔ (of animals), ʔsavageʔ (of humans)
Reconstruction: Reconstructs to PN: Polynesian

*1 Cf. TA *tae-wao
*8 *wao by itself is widely used as a modifier of plant names to mean 'wild, uncultivated'.

Pollex entries:

Language Reflex Description Source
East Futuna Kaiki/vao Sauvage, méfiant (Mfr)
East Uvea Kani/vao Sauvage; cannibal; enfant né de père inconnu, enfant naturel (Rch)
Niue Hola/vao To run wild [ex. pig] (Sph)
Samoan ʔAai/vao (Run) wild (of animals) (Mnr)
Tokelau Manu kai vao Wild animal (Sma)
Tongan Kai/vao Wild, living in the wilds; (of animals) not domesticated; (of people) not civilized, savage (Cwd)
Vaeakau-Taumako Tu/ao Be wild (Hvn)

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