wel1

Unfinished topic.

English: ‘wild’.

See first Mihalic entry. See second Mihalic entry.

Modifier forms

  1. State of being: wild, not domesticated, unpacified.

Modifier compound forms

  1. Fauna: wel dok the New Guinea Wild Dog, Canis hallstromii, now restricted to high mountain areas such as Mt Giluwe. Also known as the New Guinea Singing Dog, so-named because it does not normally bark.

  1. Kind of person: wel man a ‘wild man’, most actual reports being apparently of abandoned children and/or mentally handicapped people who have been left to forage for themselves in remote bush areas, and on discovery appearing ‘wild’, unkempt, and possibly naked.

  1. Kind of person: wel man a person, or people, who have not yet been contacted by patrol officers, especially if they are believed by others to be warlike and dangerous. long banara yet
    Masta Bom i go long Wara Indiwi, tasol ol wel man bin i stap, na ol i pinisim em ‘Masta Bom’ (Hellmuth Baum in 1931) went to the Indiwi River, but the inhabitants had not been pacified, and they ate him.

  1. Food crops: wel taro ‘wild taro’, any one of a variety of taro lookalike species, often unrelated to true taro. Among them are Amorphophallus sp., whose flower smells likes decomposing flesh. Both corms and leaves are eaten. ‘Wild taro’ is common in grassland areas of Madang, Morobe and Oro provinces, and it is also found in the Highlands (Powell 1976: 144; Twohig 1986: 65; Flach and Rumawas 1996: 48). It is also used medicinally (Powell, 1976: 144) and can be associated with magic and sorcery.

  1. Food crops: wel yam ‘wild yam’, plants of Dioscorea sp.. that have probably escaped cultivation to self-propagate in the bush. Their botanical status is not known.


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