Hiri Motu


Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

Hiri Motu

(ˈhɪərɪ ˈməʊtuː)
n
(Languages) another name for Motu3
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Its free translation in English is the same as Hiri Moale--'Hiri happiness' or 'Hiri festivity'--but Hiri Moale is a phrase in 'Hiri Motu' (a.k.a.
Rose was handling public relations for the fledgling government where he says there are more than 700 different languages spoken, but three principal ones: Tok Pisin (Pidgin English), Hiri Motu (a bastardized version of Pure Motu, a major southern coastal language) and English.
For instance, mura mura dikana refers to poisoning (Hiri Motu: mura mura = a strong drink or drug, dikana = bad); sanguma (Tok Pisin, absorbed from Sepik region) refers to a type of attack where victims are set upon, rendered unconscious, physiologically interfered with, restored to consciousness, and sent on their way with no memory of the event, to suffer later; vada and mea mea (Hiri Motu) refer to illness or death inflicted at a distance using personal items secretly obtained from the victim.