bilong

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bilong

  1. of, belonging to
    sista bilong mi - my sister
    James Leach and Porer Nombo, Reite Plants, p. 10
    ol bai kisim retpela plaua bilong en
    they gather the red flowers of this shrub
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 1:25 (translation here):
      God i kamapim ol kain kain animal bilong ples na ol bikpela na liklik animal bilong bus. God i lukim olgeta dispela samting i gutpela, na em i amamas.
  2. having a tendency to, known for
    man bilong dringim bia - a drunk
    man bilong paitim - an aggressive man
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 1:7 (translation here):
      Orait dispela banis i kamap. God i mekim dispela banis i kamap bilong banisim wara antap na wara daunbilo.
  3. for the purpose of
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 1:15 (translation here):
      Ol dispela lait i mas kamap long skai bilong givim lait long graun.”
    James Leach and Porer Nombo, Reite Plants, p. 38
    Skin diwai bilong rausim tewel
    Bark for banishing spirits


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