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from Spoken Marshallese

Ṃakṃōk. - Starch [Arrowroot]. [SM25]

Ṃakṃōk ej juon iaan ṃōñā ko kijen ri-Ṃajeḷ. Ekkā wōt an eddek ilo aelōñ ko iōñ kōnke ṃakṃōk eṃṃan an eddek ilo jikin ko rejawōtwōt im kabokbok. Kilen kōṃṃane, totake ṃokta, ṃōjin kwaḷe, tokālik iri kōn dekā pukor innām likliki im kōjeeke. Elañe eṃōj, likit ilo nuknuk im totouki ṃae iien emōrā. Āliktata rupe im likit ṇa ilowaan bōjọ. Kiiō epojak ṇan ṃōñā, kōṃakṃōk nuknuk, im ñan wūno.
Arrowroot is one of the foods of the Marshallese. It usually grows on the northern islands because arrowroot grows in sandy places of little rainfall. The way to prepare it is to first dig it up, and after washing it, grind it with coral rocks, and then sift it and dry it under the sun. When that is finished, wrap it in cloth and hang it up to dry. Finally, break it up and put it in a finely woven basket. Now it is ready for eating, starching clothes, and for medicine.