Protoform: MAMA.2 [MP] Chew without swallowing, esp. to soften food for an infant

Description: Chew without swallowing, esp. to soften food for an infant
Reconstruction: Reconstructs to MP: Malayo-Polynesian
Notes:

*0 >> XO *maamaa
*1 Cf. PN *mama.5 "yawn, open mouth", *maqaga "mouthful of food"
*4 POC *mamaq(-i) 'chew, masticate but not swallow' (LPO V:238).
*5 PMP *mamah "kauen" (Dpf. 1938).

Pollex entries:

Language Reflex Description Source
Anuta Mama Chew food for infants (Yen)
East Futuna Mama Chew (Bgs)
East Uvea Mama Chew (Rch)
Easter Island Mama Chew (Fts)
Easter Island Ma/mama Bait (specifically, loose bait scattered or submerged to attract fish) Uncertain Semantic Connection (Wbr)
Emae Mama Chew something until soft (Cpl)
Fijian Mama/a Chew and spit out, chiefly of kava (Cpl)
Hawaiian Mama Chew (Pki)
Ifira-Mele Mama/kina Chew food then feed to a child (Clk)
Kapingamarangi Mama Chew thoroughly (Lbr)
Luangiua Mama Food in mouth (Smd)
Mangareva Mama Chew (Rch)
Marquesas Mama Macher (Dln)
New Zealand Maori Mama Perform rites to nullify witchcraft or remove tapu Problematic (Wms)
Nggela Mama Chew fine (Fox)
Niue Mama Chewed food; to feed with chewed food. A mouthful, that which is chewed, the cud (McE). (Sph)
Nuguria Maamaa Chew, masticate for an infant Phonologically Irregular (Dvl)
Nuguria Mama Chewed food (when you are eating) (Dvl)
Penrhyn Mama Chew; weaning food (Sta)
Pukapuka Mama Feed another person; esp. spoon-feed a child (Sby)
Rarotongan Mama, mamaa-ʔia Chew; a mouthful (Bse)
Rennellese Mama Chew without swallowing (Ebt)
Rotuman Mama Chew (Cwd)
Samoan Mama Chew (Prt)
Sikaiana Maamaa To chew Phonologically Irregular (Dnr)
Tahitian Mama Mâcher légèrement un aliment pour l'attendrir avant de donner à un bébé (Lmt)
Takuu Mama Chew; chewed food (for babies) (Hwd)
Takuu Mama Chew, masticate (food for an infant); masticated food intended for an infant (Mle)
Tikopia Mama To chew (Fth)
Tokelau Mama Chew, soften something by chewing; mouthful; lump of premasticated food for a baby (Sma)
Tongan Mama, maa To chew, esp. kava...or candlenuts (preparatory to using them as soap), or food which, after being chewed, is to be fed to a baby (Cwd)
Tongan Ma. Mama. Mamma. To chew, a mouthful. To chew cava. To chew, a morsel. (Mar)
Tuamotu Mama Chew (Stn)
Tuvalu Mama Chew (Rby)
Vaeakau-Taumako Mama Chewed food for children (Hvn)
Vaeakau-Taumako Ma/ia Chew (Hvn)
West Futuna Mama (trans. ma/ia) To chew, masticate without swallowing. Chew in order to soften food for baby (Cpl). (Dty)

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