nyawa

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Malay[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Malayic *ñawa (compare Iban nyawa), from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *mañawa (compare Maori manawa), from Proto-Austronesian *NiSawa (compare Siraya xinawa).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nyawa

  1. life
  2. soul
    Jika seseorang itu mati, nyawanya sudah tiada.
    If a person is dead, his soul has left.

Usage notes[edit]

Life or soul as a term of endearment; life in its association with the breath, and in the narrow sense of not being dead; soul in the sense that it can exist apart from the body.

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