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Life in Feejee, or, Five Years among the Cannibals

Glossary of Feejeean Terms

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Glossary of Feejeean Terms.

  • Ba ni valu.—A fence of war.
  • Beech de mer.—A sea slug.
  • Buri kalou.—A sacred temple.
  • Buri bolo.—A house to sleep in.
  • Bulu.—Another world.
  • Buka waqa.—Hell fire.
  • Balawa.—A pine-apple.
  • Kali.—A native pillar.
  • Kuru.—An earthen vessel to cook food in.
  • Kaise.—A poor person.
  • Kawai.—A kind of potato.
  • Kalavu.—A rat.
  • Lotu.—Christianity.
  • Leku.—A woman's dress.
  • Lovo.—An oven.
  • Lovo mbokolo.—Oven for the dead.
  • Mate ge Mbau.—Messenger to Bau.
  • Mbokolo.—A dead body.
  • Mboli mboling.—Thanking.
  • Mandrai.—Bread.
  • Mbete.—A priest.
  • Marama.—A title for the wife and daughter of a chief.
  • Marama-lavu.—A title for a wife and daughter of a chief of high rank
  • Masi.—Native cloth.
  • Na-mata-ni-vanua.—An owner of the land.
  • Ndawa —A fruit not unlike a plum.
  • Ndua, whoa.—A salutation.
  • Papalagi.—A white person.
  • Qalova.—A ceremony used on receiving company.
  • Rara.—An open space of ground, where meetings and feasts are held.
  • Solavu.—A feast.
  • Solavu vaka masi.—A feast where native cloth is presented.
  • Sara sara.—To observe, to explore, to see.
  • Solanga.—Concubine.
  • Soro.—To ask pardon for an offence.
  • Sala.—A head-dress.
  • Saka.—A term used without reference to gender, as Sir and Madam.
  • Sanka.—A vessel to hold water.
  • Tui.—King.
  • Turaga-lavu.—A chief of high rank.
  • Turaga.—A chief.
  • Tambu.—Forbidden.
  • Tutuvi.—A covering for a bed.
  • Tufndree.—One who assists in a beech de mer house.
  • Tombi.—A neck ornament.
  • Turaga ndena.—A true chief.
  • Vata.—A shelf of any description.
  • Vaka lolo.—A pudding.
  • Venaka.—Good.
  • Vari.—A plot, a conspiracy.
  • Vale vatu.—A stone house.
  • Vale kau.—A house built of wood.
  • Waqa lavu.—A large vessel.
  • Waqa vanua.—The same.
  • Waqa ni lotu.—A vessel where bad conduct is not allowed.
  • Yandi.—Madam.
  • Yanggona.—A root producing a stupefying effect upon those who drink it.