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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   burung taong    see burung taong-taong.   
   burung taong-taong    n. A bird, the Moluccan hornbill, Bucerotidae.   
   burung toi    n. A green parrot, smaller than the laka toke, Psittaciformes.   
   burung tukang    n. A bird that makes a sound akin to the hammering of nails among the mangroves on moonlit nights.   
   busi    n. spark plug.   
   busu    adj. rotten.   
   buta    adj. blind.   
   buta ayang    adj. suffering from night blindness.   
   buta huruf    adj. illiterate.   
   butu    n. penis.   
   butu anging    n. twister, water spout, tornado.   
   butu balanda    n. a plant having edible tubors.   
   butu galoba    adj. uncircumcised.   
   buu    see / lihat bung.   
   caah    itj. an exclamation of acclaim for something well-done.   
   caar    adv. sound of underbrush or gravel disturbed by footsteps.   
   caat    n. paint, v. paint. Caat akang bagus-bagus. = Paint it nice.   
   cabar    v. challenge.   
   cabu    v. 1. extract. 2. pull out (as an automobile from a stopped position).   
   cacar    n. smallpox.   
   cacing    n. worm.   
   cacupu    n. 1. A kind of handleless sugar bowl. 2. A kind of round container for storing incense. 3. A small piece of hardwood placed transversely in a canoe to receive outrigger lashings (Oma vocabulary).   
   cakaa    v. throttle, strangle.   
   cakadidi    adj. showing too much activity or enthusiasm, especially of a sexually motivated nature. Parampuang cakadidi! = (You) overexcited female!   
   cakalang    see ikang cakalang.   
   cakalate    adj. middle-aged. Also jamaang.   
   cakalele    v. perform a war dance.   
   cakar    v. scratch at like a chicken scratches the ground.   
   cakar ayang    n. chicken scratch (bad handwriting).   
   cakar-cakar    n. A kind of sweetmeat.   
   
 
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