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ŋsfxlocative suffix on nominals, denoting a place.
-ŋaŋa̰sfxdemonstrative: thataŋa, kaŋa
ŋmaŋma̰v.1cut, slashA ŋma nɛnɔ la.she has cut the meat.A ŋma la baa bo bagerɛ.he sacrificed a dog to the god.2kill. Usage: diviners' language.3harvest crops with a knifeBa ŋma si.they harvested millet.4circumcise, either a boy or a girl.Pugela la ŋma ya.the girl got circumcised.5take pictureA ŋma la ma foote.he took a picture of me.6acquire a soothsaying godA ŋma la bakolego.he acquired a soothsaying god.7perform certain ritualsBa ŋma kɔa la nama.they opened the funeral (idiom).Kɔma la nyɔkɛ baa ŋma ba sɔ loko.the children sacrificed a dog to their father's quiver (idiom: final funeral performance for a man).ŋmatiŋmaaŋmataŋwa
ŋmaaŋmá̰a̰ŋmaasin.circumcision of women or girls; the act of circumcising, excisionKA/SIŋma
ŋmaansabelegaŋmà̰a̰n'sàbələgaŋmaansabelesin.chimpanzee1.5.1MammalKA/SI
ŋmaaŋa1ŋmá̰a̰ŋa̰ŋmaasin.monkeyŊmaaŋa yeti la san mu'ɛ wila lagum po li'isa fu mɛ.the monkey said, in critical situations tree branches dodge you (prov.)Ŋmaasi de'ene la si taaba.monkeys play by size (prov.)1.5.1MammalKA/SIŋwaaŋa
ŋmaaŋa2ŋmá̰a̰ŋa̰ŋmaasiadj.bare, plain, unaccompaniedsageŋmaaŋaplain tz, without soup.KA/SI
ŋmãasɛkɔŋmà̰a̰'sɛ̀kɔŋmaasɛgerɔn.foot rot, a fungal disease of the feet with soreness and itching2.2DiseaseKU/TU
ŋmabegɛŋma̰bəgɛŋma̰bəgɛv. compl. cry out, shoutBilia la ŋmabegɛ mɛ.the baby cried out.ŋmabegeriŋmabegerɛŋmabegera
ŋmaberɛ1ŋmà̰bərɛ, ŋwà̰bərɛŋmaban.a plant, that grows in swampy areas and as a weed in rice fields.1.4.3Plant, grassDI/'A
ŋmaberɛ2ŋmà̰bərɛ, ŋwà̰bərɛŋmaban.a colour, brownbuŋmaberɛdark brown goat8.1ColourDI/'A
ŋmaɛ1ŋma̰ɛ̰v. compl. cutA ŋmaɛ nɛŋɔ.he cut the meat.ŋmaariŋmaarɛŋmaa
ŋmaɛ2ŋma̰ɛ̰v. compl. purchase goods in bulk, buy things in large quantitiesA ŋmaɛ la kaam.she purchased oil in bulk.ŋmaariŋmaarɛŋmaara
ŋmarebilaŋmá̰rə'bílaŋmarebibesi, ŋmarebɛan.star1.1Sky, WhetherKA/SI
ŋmaregaŋmá̰rəgaŋmaresin.1moonŊmarega nan ka yese.the moon has not yet appeared.synnambua 11.1Sky, Whether2monthŊmarega ki la zaam.the month ended yesterday.KA/SI
ŋmaremɛnkaŋmá̰rə'mɛ̰́ŋkàŋmaremɛnsin.a bangle in the shape of a moon, worn by children at the time of the new moon4.5Religion5.4AdornmentKA/SI
ŋmarenutuaŋmá̰rə'nṵ́'tʋ́àŋmarenutuusin.a ring with a crescent on it, given to a person born within a day or two of the appearance of the new moon. It is worn around the neck by children and on the finger by adults4.5Religion5.4AdornmentKA/SI
ŋmasɔ'ɔlegɔŋmà̰'sɔ̀ʔɔləgɔn.a skin disease, an infectious, purulent dermatitis2.2Disease
ŋmɛŋmɛ̰v.1beat, hit, strike, shoot atA ŋmɛ la boŋa la.he beat the donkey.A ŋmɛ la mankiisi.he struck a match.A ŋmɛ la gulego.he beat the drum.2kickA ŋmɛ boole.he kicked a ball.3threshBa wan ŋmɛ mui la beere.they will thresh the rice tomorrow.4shootA ŋmɛ bugundɔɔ la.he shot off the gun.A dikɛ la bugundɔɔ ŋmɛ wɔbegɔ la.he shot the elephant with a gun.5swoop on, strike or catch from aboveSilega la ŋmɛ la nɔbila.the hawk swooped on a chicken.6attack, eg. a diseaseBã'a n ŋmɛ e.he was attacked by illness.7be lucky or fortunateA ŋmɛ nasunɛ nyɛ dia.he had the good fortune to get food, lit. "beat a good leg and got food".8boastA ŋmɛ nyu'ɔ ti eŋa tari ligeri.she boasted that she has money.9perform a custom related to the marriage of a woman. These figurative expressions depend for their meaning on the idiomatic object of the verbBa ŋmɛ pɔka la nu'o.they confirmed the marriage.Ba ŋmɛ pugela la tampugerɛ.they gave the little girl for future marriage.10hollow out a place to lay eggski'ini la ŋmɛ la vaka.the guinea fowls made a nest. Usage: of guinea fowls.11play music from any electronic source, eg. tape recorder, CDA ŋmɛ la tepi.she played a tape. See: ŋmɛ'ɛsi, sulɛ.ŋmɛ'ɛriŋmɛ'aŋmɛ'ɛra
ŋmɛɛbegaŋmɛ̰́ɛ̰bəgàŋmɛɛbesiadj.very smallnɛreŋmɛɛbega.very small person.sukaŋmɛɛbega.a very small groundnut.KA/SI
ŋmɛɛlum1ŋmɛ̰ɛ̰lʋ̰mv.twist sth.Bua la ŋmɛɛlum mi'a la n lu a kunkɔa la.the goat twisted the rope it is tethered to.ŋmɛɛleniŋmɛɛleŋɔŋmɛɛlena
ŋmɛɛlum2ŋmɛ̰ɛ̰lʋ̰mv.be hardened, unmoved, unperturbed, unafraidNayiga la ŋmɛɛlum mɛ.mɛ the thief is a hardened criminal.ŋmɛɛleniŋmɛɛleŋɔŋmɛɛlena
ŋmɛ'ɛraŋmɛ̰́ʔɛ̰raŋmɛ'ɛreban.beater; a blacksmith's assistantŋmɛ'ɛra zãarɛ.a very heavy metal bar, heavier than other zã, used by the assistant blacksmith to beat the hot metal.6.1Worker, jobA/BA
ŋmɛgelɛŋmɛ̰̀ɣəlɛŋmɛgelaadj.flattened and dentedkonŋmɛgelɛ.flattened, dented tinDI/'A
ŋmɛgɛŋmɛ̰ɣɛv.mangle, become mangled, bent out of shapeA ŋmɛgɛ bɔgetɛ la.he mangled the bucket.Konko la ŋmɛgɛ mɛ.the tin got mangled. ŋmɛgeriŋmɛgerɛŋmɛgera

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