|This is an entry in Mihalic 1971|
a bird, any bird
haus bilong pisin = a nest
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
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.
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