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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   bintang    n. star.   
   bintang kincing    n. meteor.   
   bintang siang    n. morning star.   
   bintang tuju    n. The Pleiades.   
   bintanggor    see bintanggur. Also kanjoli.   
   bintanggur    n. A shore tree, (gutt.) calophyllun inophyllum.   
   bintanggur utang    n. A tree.   
   bintol    n. bump or welt. cf. babintol.   
   binungku    n. 1. the name of an island near Sulawesi. 2. a person of Binungku ancestry (often derogatory).   
   bioskoop    n. movie theater.   
   biru    adj. blue, turquoise, or green.   
   bisa    v. can. adj. (of an animal) venomous or poisonous.   
   bisi-bisi    v. whisper.   
   bisol    n. boil. Dia pung bisol mangantaa. = His boil throbbed.   
   bisul    see bisol.   
   bitis    see bitis kaki.   
   bitis kaki    n. calf of leg.   
   blau    n. see balau.   
   blimbing    see balimbing.   
   bluus    n. blouse.   
   bo-bou    v. 1. stink. Kaki luka bo-bou. = Leg having stinky sore. 2. smell like. Akang bo-bou bensin. = It smells of gasoline. adj. smelly.   
   boba    n. yaws.   
   bobengka    see bubengka.   
   bobo anyer    v. smell of fish.   
   bobo busu    v. stink.   
   bobo hosi    v. smell of urine.   
   bobo rai    v. smell of fish.   
   bobo tarbae    v. have a bad smell.   
   bobou    v. have a smell.   
   bodo    adj. stupid.   
   
 
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