Entries from Donner 1983-87 in Pollex-Online

Donner, W. (1987) Sikaiana Vocabulary: Na male ma na talatala o Sikaiana. Honiara, Solomon Island

Language Item Description
Sikaiana Maahani To rise up, stand up
Sikaiana Kaimalie To give generously to another, used especially for children who share food
Sikaiana K/kamo To press down one's finger, as pressing down on a fly
Sikaiana Tama Person, human being
Sikaiana Ma Preposition of separation: from
Sikaiana Taatai The string used to hang bottles
Sikaiana Si/noko To show one's buttocks, as an insult
Sikaiana Ise To drive away chickens or other small animals from inhabited areas
Sikaiana Kahoa An abscess in the skin
Sikaiana Kaakena A ladder; the holes cut in the side of coconut trees to make them easier to climb; a stretcher for carrying a person
Sikaiana Kanokano A wasp
Sikaiana Kapi The harnesses of the back‑strap loom {mea tau} used to hold the strands of material taut
Sikaiana Kati/kati To cut a coconut (taume) into pieces in order to start a fire; to nibble
Sikaiana K/keti To remove the husk of a coconut with the teeth, as a rat or small child does Problematic
Sikaiana Ki A conjunction showing that there is purpose; tense-aspect marker showing purpose or compulsion
Sikaiana Kunu A species of oyster, popular food on Sikaiana
Sikaiana Kulo A multi‑purpose basket made of coconut leaf {paakele} that can be used as a hat or for carrying food
Sikaiana (Kili)umiti To be hungry for fish or some meat
Sikaiana Maa Same-generation in‑laws (everyone spouse calls taina or kave; anyone who is a married to a taina or kave). (a respect relationship). Some speakers generalize this term to include all in‑laws, regardless of generation.
Sikaiana Maea Very heavy rope
Sikaiana Maaoa To yawn Phonologically Irregular
Sikaiana Mahana To be pulled out; to be separated in time or distance
Sikaiana Mai Direction marker (follows verb): hither, towards the speaker
Sikaiana Maamaa To chew Phonologically Irregular
Sikaiana Mumutalina Hammerhead shark Phonologically Irregular
Sikaiana Maanatu To think back, to remember
Sikaiana Maanihi To be thin, of flat objects
Sikaiana Manu Generic term for any animal of the air or on land, including large insects; generic term for all birds.
Sikaiana Malama The moon; a month
Sikaiana Malaama/na The world, the universe, the cosmos Phonologically Irregular
Sikaiana Marana To be pried up; to be peeling (as paint peels)
Sikaiana Malu To be shaded, of an area protected from the sun and rain
Sikaiana Masike/sike To fidget, be disturbed, be unable to sit still Uncertain Semantic Connection
Sikaiana Mata The end or edge of an object
Sikaiana Mata To have grown flesh inside, of a green coconut Problematic
Sikaiana Mmata Look, examine, inspect
Sikaiana Mata henua The point or tip of the island, promontory
Sikaiana Matapuku Fish sp., trevally [largest growth stage]
Sikaiana Maatau A fish hook (archaic); to fish with a hand held line
Sikaiana Mate To die, to be dead; to fall into a deep sleep after a tiring experience of drinking; to be extinguished or to have lost power...
Sikaiana Matua Ripe, of fruits and vegetables; mature, of humans
Sikaiana Maatua Parents
Sikaiana Maatua Parents; to be aged, old; an old person
Sikaiana Mouakena Bird sp., seagull
Sikaiana M/mele Injured, damaged, cut, dented
Sikaiana Moana Goatfish sp.
Sikaiana Mosi/a To be pulled apart, shredded
Sikaiana Naa Fish sp., 'buma' [horse mackerel, Caranx crumenophthalmus]
Sikaiana L/lao To feel something without looking at it; put finger down throat to induce vomiting Phonologically Irregular
Sikaiana Nataa/taa To make an effort, to engage oneself in some activity