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Updated: 3/19/2012
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Micronesian Comparative Dictionary

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la

lagoon

‘lagoon, lake’ - PMc *lama₂

‘lagoon side (of an island)’ - PCMc *mata-aro

‘lagoon, harbor’ - PMc *namʷo

laid

‘laid, to lay (of a fire)’ - PMc *tawu, tawu-ni

lake

‘lagoon, lake’ - PMc *lama₂

land

‘inhabited land’ - PMc *fanua

‘come to land’ - PWMc *ila

‘living creature of land or air’ - PMc *manu

langusta

‘langusta, lobster’ - PMc *ura

large

‘a large black ant’ - PMc *kaci

‘a large fish’ - PMc *mam[ei]

‘balloon fish, puffer fish, be large’ - PMc *wasi, wasiwasi

late

‘slow, late’ - PMc *cawa

‘late’ - PWMc *pʷasa

laugh

‘chant, sing, be noisy, laugh’ - PMc *ŋiTi

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le

leaf

‘leaf’ - PMc *cau

‘pandanus leaf’ - PMc *maŋu

‘midrib of coconut frond or leaf’ - PMc *noko

‘leaf and stalk, frond’ - PMc *paa₂

‘young coconut leaf’ - PCMc *wupʷu-₁

leak

‘leak out, drip’ - PCMc *siŋ[iu]

leaky

‘waterproof, not leaky’ - PCMc *mano

leave

‘leave, depart’ - PWMc *Towu

ledge

‘rocky ledge’ - PCMc *pʷara

left

‘left handed’ - PCMc *ma[iu]ŋi

length

‘length from elbow to finger tips’ - PMc *mʷa-nuu

leontopetaloides

‘arrowroot (Tacca leontopetaloides)’ - PWMc *mʷakumʷaku

less

‘less than …’ - PCMc *fari-

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li

lick

‘to lick’ - PMc *camʷ [ai], camʷ [ai]-ti

life

‘life, alive’ - PMc *ma-[nñ]awa

lift

‘lift up, carry, bear in one’s hands’ - PMc *tap[ae], tap[ae]-ki

light

‘flash (of light)’ - PMc *fiti

a float on a net, light wood - PCMc *iTo

‘light in weight’ - PMc *maraa

‘light, of weight’ - PWMc *pale

like

‘agentive prefix indicating “one who (does, is given to doing”) (like English suffix -er)’ - PCMc *li-

‘to like, be fond’ - PCMc *taa, taa-ni

liked

‘be loved, well liked’ - PWMc *faŋu

lily

‘spider lily’ - PMc *kiepʷu

lime

‘white, powdered lime’ - PMc *pʷece, pʷecepʷece

line

‘pull on a line’ - PMc *afi₂

‘in a line or row’ - PMc *Sali

lips

‘smack one’s lips’ - PMc *misi

‘lips’ - PCMc *sia-

liquid

‘have liquid in the mouth’ - PMc *kumʷu

‘pool, have liquid’ - PMc *lau

listen

‘hear, listen’ - PMc *roŋo

lit.

‘nipple’ (lit. ‘point of breast or nursing’) - PMc *mata-ni-susu

‘horizon’ (lit. ‘edge of heaven’) - PWMc *pa-i-laŋi

little

‘small, little’ - PMc *ciki

‘small, little’ - PMc *kisi

‘small, little, tiny’ - PWMc *niŋi

live

‘live, dwell, exist’ - PCMc *meña

liver

‘liver’ - PMc *ate

living

‘living creature of land or air’ - PMc *manu

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lo

load

‘cargo, load’ - PMc *u[sS]a, u[sS]a-ni, u[sS]a-na

lobster

‘langusta, lobster’ - PMc *ura

locative

at (locative) - PMc *i-

loin

‘loin cloth, skirt’ - PWMc *kalo

long

‘long’ - PMc *ala[iu], alala[iu]

long-winded

‘long-winded in diving’ - PMc *patiki

look

‘to look, look at’ - PMc *tara, tara-[sS]i

‘to peer, have a look’ - PMc *tiro, tiro-ŋi

loose

‘loose’ - PCMc *pʷaca₁

loosen

‘slack, loosen’ - PMc *tala, tala-[sS]i

loosened

‘loosened, released’ - PWMc *pici

lopped

‘be cut, lopped, to cut (something) off’ - PMc *tapa, tapatapa, tapa-ki

lose

‘die, lose consciousness’ - PMc *mate

loss

‘feel a loss’ - PMc *lici

loud

‘loud sound’ - PCMc *iŋu, iŋuiŋu

loudly

‘talk loudly’ - PMc *kata

louse

‘louse’ - PMc *kutu

‘tiny louse’ - PWMc *li-ŋaŋari

‘louse egg, nit’ - PWMc *sili

loved

‘be loved, dear’ - PCMc *caŋi

‘be loved, well liked’ - PWMc *faŋu

lower

‘lower region of sky’ - PCMc *faa-i-laŋi, faa-ni-laŋi

‘lower jaw’ - PCMc *ŋace

‘descend, get lower’ - PCMc *pʷuŋ[iu]

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lu

luminous

‘bright, luminous’ - PMc *rama, ma-rama

lump

‘growth or lump under the skin, spongy core of mature coconut’ - PMc *piri

lungs

‘lungs’ - PMc *far[ae]

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