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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   Bahasa Ambon English
   bunga biludu    n. A flowering shrub, Celosia argenta.   
   bunga gambir    n. A flowering plant, perhaps a tropical gardenia.   
   bunga gula    see gula-gula.   
   bunga mantega    n. A flowering plant, apparently the marigold, Tagetes patula   
   bunga matahari    n. A flowering plant, the sunflower, Helianthus annus.   
   bunga molati    n. jasmine, a flowering shrub, Jasminum officinalis.   
   bunga rampe    n. A mixture or nosegay of several flowers and fragrant leaves distributed at ceremonial meals.   
   bunga ron    n. garland of flowers worn on the head(?)   
   bunga roos    n. rose, a flowering plant of the genus Rosa.   
   bunga sarune    n. A flowering plant.   
   bunga teratai    n. lotus flower, Nelumbo nucifera.:.   
   bungang-bungang    n. roof ridge.   
   buntiana    see bontiana.   
   bunting    adj. pregnant. Also mangandong.   
   bunting batu    adj. (of a woman) diseased with stomach cancer.   
   burong    see burung.   
   burung    n. 1. bird. 2. male genitalia (also burong).   
   burung cui    n. a kind of bird.   
   burung guheba    n. The osprey, or Pandion Haliactus.   
   burung hantu    n. owl.   
   burung kakatua    n. cocatoo. cf. kakatua.   
   burung kasturi    n. see kasturi.   
   burung lawa-lawa    n. A bird, the swallow.   
   burung makang ayang    n. A hawk, Accipitridae   
   burung maleo    n. A mound bird, the maleo, Megapodiidae.   
   burung padi    n. A bird.   
   burung pombo    n. A bird, the forestdove, Columbidae.   
   burung samar    n. A sea bird.   
   burung suanggi    n. owl.   
   burung talang    n. seagull, Laridae.   
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