abá

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Chaná[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • /a'βa/

Preposition[edit]

abá

  1. in
    • Numít abá ianá
      • cooking in fat
  2. in the middle of; among
    • abá atamá
      • in between rivers

Old Tupi[edit]

abá (sense 3)

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Proto-Tupi-Guarani *aβa.[1]

Cognate with Guaraní ava.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [aˈβ̞a]
  • Rhymes: -a
  • Hyphenation: a‧bá

Noun[edit]

abá (unpossessable)

  1. man (male human)
  2. man (human, a person regardless of gender or sex)
  3. (strictly) American Indian
    Abá peró supé onhe'eng.
    The Indians talked to the Portuguese.
    • 16th century, Joseph of Anchieta, translated by Eduardo de Almeida Navarro, compiled by Maria de Lourdes de Paula Martins, Teatro de Anchieta, 2nd edition, São Paulo: Editora Martins Fontes, published 2006, →ISBN, page 48:
      — Abá ra'yrape ûĩ?!
      — Sé! Abá ra'yra, ipó...
      — Whose sons are these?!
      — No idea! Sons of Indians, definitely...

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Derived terms[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

abá

  1. (interrogative) what; which
  2. someone, anyone
    abá rekóû anhẽ.
    Someone is certainly here.
  3. nobody, no one
    N'opytáî amõ abá maranápe.
    There was no one left at the battlefield.

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Pronoun[edit]

abá (plural abaabá)

  1. (interrogative) who
    Abápe nde?Who are you?

References[edit]

  1. ^ Antônio Augusto Souza Mello (2000-03-17) Estudo histórico da família linguística tupi-guarani: aspectos fonológicos e lexicais[1] (in Portuguese), Florianópolis: UFSC

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