Bahasa Ambon - English Dictionary
  Adapted from Bahasa Ambon - English Dictionary - edited by Chaumont B. Devin
For this dictionary, the letter, 'x', is used to symbolize the glottal stop. Bahasa Ambon has no short 'e' or schwa.
Note that the doubled vowel in the ultima of many words contracts to a single vowel when followed by another word.
For example, 'taloor' means 'egg,' whereas 'talor ayang' means 'hen's egg.'
Note: In Bahasa Ambon, the vowels, 'o' and 'u' are often freely interchangeable, but not always, the rules, as far as I know, as yet still undetermined.
Note: In Bahasa Ambon, there appears to be no distinction between the diphthongs, 'ae' and 'ai.'
To convert a word from standard Bahasa to Bahasa Ambon, in general one might employ the following shaky rules:
1. change short 'e' to 'a'. Examples: sendiri -> sandiri, sengaja -> sangaja, tempurung -> tampurung.
2. Redouble the vowels of stressed ultimate syllables. Examples: senang -> sanaang, betul -> batuul, tendang -> tandaang.
3. Drop terminal 'h' and 'k'. Examples: sungguh -> sunggu, pendek -> pende, lebih -> labee.
4. Change some 'ai' to 'e'. Examples: bagaimana -> bagemana, sampai -> sampe.
5. Convert some terminal 'u' to 'o': Example: burung -> burong, tempurung -> tampurong, sumur -> sumor, campur -> campor, sejuk -> sajoo.
6. Change some 'ai' to 'ae'. Examples: baik -> bae, naik -> nae, air -> aer.
7. Change some penultimate short 'e' to 'o'. Examples: tepuk -> topu, penuh -> ponu, sepuh -> sopu.
8. Change some penultimate short 'e' to 'i'. Example: pecah -> pica.
9. Change some penultimate short 'e' to long 'e'. Examples: berak -> bera, bengkok -> bengko.
Esoteric Abbreviations: PAN = Proto Austronesian, the reconstructed parent language of many peoples found in the region between eastern Africa and western South America.
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   bia lola    n. A kind of commercial seashell.   
   bia mutel    n. A mollusc, the shell of which spirals, Turbointercostalis.   
   bia pasir isi    n. A mollusc, Oliva spp.   
   bia sondo    n. A spoon-shaped mollusc, apparently A scallop, Pectinidae.   
   bia tai kambing    n. A small mollusc, Morula spp.   
   biar    vi. abandon. adv. no matter. Biar apa lae = No matter what.   
   biasa    v. be accustomed to. Dia biasa lari. = He is accustomed to running. adj. 1. ordinary. Orang biasa = ordinary person. 2. well known. Orang biasa = person we know well.   
   bicaang    n. see bacang.   
   bicara    n. words. Iko dia pung bicara. = According to his words. v. speak.   
   bico    n. pot (as in pot-bellied).   
   bidang    n. midwife.   
   bigadir    n. brigadier.   
   biir    n. beer. adj. Used as a modifier for BELLY: poro biir = beer bellied.   
   biji    n. 1. seed, nut, pit, kernel. 2. diameter of a fishing line. Tasi biji garoos. = Large diameter monofilament nylon fishing line.   
   biji kaliir    n. testicle.   
   biji kalot    n. testicle.   
   biji mata    n. eyeball.   
   biji poro    n. swollen spleen.   
   biji rawa    n. pimple.   
   biji rukung    n. evil person.   
   biking    v. 1. do. Ada biking apa tuu? = What are (you) doing there? 2. make, build. Biking parau. = Build a canoe. 3. fix, repair. Dia ada biking oto. = He is fixing the car. 4. cause. Jang biking beta mara, Do not make me angry. 5. hurt. Sapa biking ose? = Who hurt you? 6. afflict using black magic   
   biking bodo    vt. deceive.   
   biking muka kailolo    v. pretend to be sincere and in need of assistance.   
   bila-bila    n. spatula. PAN bilaq, part split off.   
   bilolo    n. sty in the eye.   
   binatang    n. 1. animal. 2. subhuman (Common epithet).   
   binen baan    n. inner tube of a conveyance tire.   
   bini    n. wife. Ant. laki.   
   bini piara    n. commonlaw wife.   
   binongko    see binungku.   
   
 
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