Tok Pisin: bik + bel.

Mihalic listed this as from German Büffel, and early introductions may have been called this, but the Tok Pisin construction is more reasonable.

Water buffalo are favoured by some smallholders in coastal areas, notably in Madang Province, where they may be seen pulling two wheel carts in coconut plantations.

See original Mihalic entry.

Wass’s bikbel, Rai Coast, 1998.

Noun forms

  1. Fauna: the water buffalo

  1. Kind of person: a fat person (derogatory)
    draipela bikbel! you fat slug!

  1. Fish: the toadfish, pufferfish

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