motu

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium. Particularly: “Borrowed from a Polynesian language?”)

Noun[edit]

motu (plural motus)

  1. A reef islet formed by broken coral and sand, surrounding an atoll.

Anagrams[edit]


Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

motu

  1. Motu (language)

Declension[edit]

Inflection of motu (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative motu
genitive motun
partitive motua
illative motuun
singular plural
nominative motu
accusative nom. motu
gen. motun
genitive motun
partitive motua
inessive motussa
elative motusta
illative motuun
adessive motulla
ablative motulta
allative motulle
essive motuna
translative motuksi
instructive
abessive motutta
comitative
Possessive forms of motu (type valo)
possessor singular plural
1st person motuni motumme
2nd person motusi motunne
3rd person motunsa

Compounds[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Isubu[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Bantu *mʊ̀ntʊ̀.

Noun[edit]

motu m (plural batu)

  1. a man, an adult male

References[edit]

  • Joseph Merrick, Alfred Saker, A Grammar of the Isubu Tongue (1852)

Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

mōtū

  1. ablative singular of mōtus

Maori[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *motu.

Noun[edit]

motu

  1. island, country, land, nation, clump of trees, ship - anything separated or isolated
  2. cut, wound

Verb[edit]

motu

  1. to sever, cut, cut off, set free, separate
  2. to be separated, moved to a distance - especially in the phrase motu ki te ara
  3. to be set free, escape
  4. (stative) to be cut, severed

References[edit]

  • motu” in John C. Moorfield, Te Aka: Maori-English, English-Maori Dictionary and Index, 3rd edition, Longman/Pearson Education New Zealand, 2011, →ISBN.

Niuean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *motu

Noun[edit]

motu

  1. island

Rapa Nui[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *motu

Noun[edit]

motu

  1. island (usually a small islet)

Tahitian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *motu

Noun[edit]

motu

  1. island

Tongan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *motu

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

motu

  1. island

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