benua

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Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Malay benua, from Proto-Malayic *bənua, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *banua, from Proto-Austronesian *banua. Doublet of wanua.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [bəˈnua̯]
  • Hyphenation: bê‧nua

Noun[edit]

bênua (plural, first-person possessive benuaku, second-person possessive benuamu, third-person possessive benuanya)

  1. (geography) continent
    Synonym: kontinen
  2. (archaic) land, country
    Synonyms: kerajaan, negeri

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Malay[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the Kedukan Bukit inscription, 683AD. From Proto-Malayic *bənua, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *banua, from Proto-Austronesian *banua.

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Noun[edit]

benua (Jawi spelling بنوا‎, plural benua-benua, informal 1st possessive benuaku, impolite 2nd possessive benuamu, 3rd possessive benuanya)

  1. continent (each of main land-masses on earth's surface)
  2. (classic) land, country

Descendants[edit]

  • Indonesian: benua

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