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|Cardinal : *rima|
This term may in fact be *lima; identification is unclear due to a discontinuity in Tongan. If it were *rima, Tongan would be expected to have *ima, and if it were *lima, Tongan would be expected also to have *lima. No other Polynesian language fully distinguishes /ɾ/ and /l/. This reconstruction assumes that nima evolved out of *ima, which may have been modified to avoid confusion with a common homophone.