Contact exchange: ‘Bouka!’.

According to Lincoln (1976:201): ‘The French explorer Bougainville recorded the shouts “Bouka! Bouka! Onelle” (Bougainville 1771, as quoted by Ray, 1926:12). But as far as I know, the meaning and origin of these shouts have not been ascertained.’

See original Mihalic entry.

Modifier forms

  1. very dark, deep black (from intensely black skin colour of many Bougainvilleans)
    dispela pusi i buka tru this cat is jet black

Proper noun forms

  1. Geography: Buka the northern island of North Solomons Province

  1. Ethnic identifier: Buka any person from North Solomons, even if from the island of Bougainvillean rather than Buka ® Tudak
    ol Buka Boungainvilleans

  1. Buka name for a black dog

Noun forms

  1. Bird: a crow

Noun combination forms

  1. Meri Buka Negrita rum, so-called from the picture on the label of a black-skinned woman

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