fonu

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Chuukese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Oceanic, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *banua, from Proto-Austronesian *banua. Doublet of fenua.

Noun[edit]

fonu

  1. land
  2. island

Tongan[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *fonu, from Proto-Oceanic *poñu, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *pəñu, from Proto-Austronesian *pəñu.

Noun[edit]

fonu

  1. turtle, sea turtle
    ʻI hono fōfoa‘í pē, ‘oku ‘alu leva e fanga ki‘i fonu valevalé ki he ‘ōsení.
    Once hatched, the baby turtles make their way to the ocean.
  2. kind of beetle (very shiny) (shaped like a turtle)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Oceanic *ponuq, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *pənuq.

Adjective[edit]

fonu

  1. full (of container or its contents, or of a notebook etc.)
    ‘I he ngaahi founga fē ‘e malava ai ke tau fakahāhā ‘oku tau fonu ‘i he mēsi?
    In what ways can we show that we are full of mercy?

Tuvaluan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *fonu, from Proto-Oceanic *poñu, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *pəñu, from Proto-Austronesian *pəñu.

Noun[edit]

fonu

  1. turtle, sea turtle
    A ko ou tāgata ne olo ki te ulugā honu.
    And those guys have gone to get the two turtles.