wahine

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See also: wāhine

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Maori and Hawaiian wahine (woman), from Proto-Polynesian *fafine.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wahine (plural wahines)

  1. A Polynesian or Maori woman.

Bunama[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Proto-Polynesian *fafine. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

Noun[edit]

wahine

  1. woman

Further reading[edit]

  • Malcolm Ross, Proto Oceanic and the Austronesian Languages of Western Melanesia, Pacific Linguistics, series C-98 (1988)

Duau[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Proto-Polynesian *fafine. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

Noun[edit]

wahine

  1. woman

Further reading[edit]

  • Malcolm Ross, Proto Oceanic and the Austronesian Languages of Western Melanesia, Pacific Linguistics, series C-98 (1988)

Hawaiian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *fafine.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /vaˈhi.ne/, [ʋəˈhine]

Noun[edit]

wahine (irregular plural wāhine)

  1. woman, female
  2. (by extension) wife

Maori[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *fafine.

Noun[edit]

wahine (irregular plural wāhine)

  1. woman