book.gif (252 bytes) This is an entry in Mihalic 1971

English: ‘pigeon, pidgin’.

  1. a bird, any bird
    haus bilong pisin = a nest

  1. a tribe, a totem, a tutelary spirit
    husat i pisin bilong yupela? = what animal is the totem of your tribe?
    mitupela i wanpisin = we two are of the same tribe
    yu bilong wanem pisin? bilong pukpuk = what tribe do you belong to? To the crocodile tribe

  1. Pidgin
    tok pisin = Pidgin English, Melanesian Pidgin. The word ‘Pidgin’ is said to have originated as an approximation of the English word ‘business’ by the Cantonese. First it was bisin, then later pisin.

Frank Mihalic 1971 (with permission) [Home]