Entries from Elbert 1975-81 in Pollex-Online

Elbert, S. H. (1975-81). Dictionary of the Language of Rennell and Bellona. Copenhagen, The National Museum of Denmark.

Language Item Description
Rennellese Ngahengahe To puff for breath, pant, breathe heavily Phonologically Irregular
Rennellese Ngaʔengaʔe To fall asleep Phonologically Irregular
Rennellese Poo Day (in counting time)
Rennellese Poo hia? How many days?
Rennellese Tuʔaa mata Eyebrow, eyelid
Rennellese Taa/taa To rinse, as bottle or cup
Rennellese Hakagua To do twice; to cook over or for a second time; to cut in two; dissection
Rennellese Nanu Sing after a leader, knowing song imperfectly
Rennellese Hakapigi(ʔaki) To stay with or near; to put in with or alongside, add; to be due to or caused by
Rennellese Kau Handle, as of knife, axe, paddle, wood section; long end of various things (fish, tubers, *ghape* vine)
Rennellese E, ee Preposed numeral marker
Rennellese Paagaba Side of a canoe Problematic
Rennellese Maatenga Deathly sickness, death, severe injury
Rennellese Magepe To be in mourning; mourn, lament, groan with pain, regret Uncertain Semantic Connection
Rennellese Tau tama (of women) To bear or have children or a child; to have young, as a bird or animal
Rennellese Soihua To make profane, release taboo; to free or be free from contamination or disease, as of man or plants; to be calm; to escape or recover from sickness
Rennellese Gangi To present a heap from the offerings to a guest; such an offering
Rennellese Mahatia To be weighted down
Rennellese Pebu Dust, sawdust, crumbs (of yams, panna, bread); mote in the eye Phonologically Irregular
Rennellese Haka/iho To request peace ceremonially, as by presenting a gift (*tanu*).
Rennellese Iho/nga Peace settlement; to have such
Rennellese Baguaapoo Late night, as between 12 and one; according to some, before midnight.
Rennellese ʔUngongo A wood-borer at sea that bores deep holes in floating wood