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Words borrowed from Guhu-Samane

Numbami words < likely Guhu-Samane sources
abo ‘goodbye’ < abo ‘goodbye’, aipo ‘leavetaking’
abuabu ‘mud, muddy’ < qapu ‘clay pot, saucepan’
ausama ‘warclub’ < usama ‘wooden fighting club’
egaŋaiŋai ‘wallaby’ < eka gahigahi ‘wallaby’
eloma ‘amethystine python’ < eromara ‘snake type’
gaiboli ‘echidna’ < gaipori ‘echidna’
gaweta ‘emerald monitor lizard’ < kabesa ‘small green lizard’
geleŋgau ‘tree frog’ < kerengau ‘type of frog’
gobe ‘rat, mouse’ < gope ‘rat, mouse’
ibaluwa ‘tree kangaroo’ < iparuba ‘tree kangaroo’
kaebe ‘sugar glider’ < khaebe ‘sugar glider’
misimisi ‘sandflea’ < misimisi ‘mosquito’
siliwo ‘ground skink’ < siriquba ‘smaller lizards, geckos, chameleon’
suni ‘small bat’ < suni ‘bird type’
ubela ‘gecko type’ < (q)upera ‘gecko’
ubu ‘pandanus type’ < upu ‘inedible pandanus type’
zimani ‘acorn’ < ttimani ‘oak with edible acorns’
zole ‘termite’ < tore ‘termite, white ant’

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