Reconstruction:Proto-Nuclear Polynesian/wai

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This Proto-Nuclear Polynesian entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

Proto-Nuclear Polynesian[edit]


From Proto-Polynesian *wai, from Proto-Oceanic *waiʀ, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.



  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)


  • Proto-Eastern Polynesian: *wai
    • Central–Eastern Polynesian
      • Marquesic
        • Hawaiian: wai
        • Mangarevan: vai
        • North Marquesan: vai
      • Tahitic
    • Rapa Nui: vai
  • Samoic–Outlier
    • Ellicean
    • Futunic
    • Samoan: vai
    • Tokelauan: vai