mamdeuko Cardinal Honeyeater

Part of Speech noun
Phonetic Form mamdeuko
Tanema Equivalent mamdauka
    • Cardinal Honeyeater
      • Ornith
    • Scientific Name Myzomela cardinalis
      Encyclopedic Info Anth: Vanikoro people used to trade the red feathers of this little bird with other islands of the Santa Cruz archipelago, who then transformed into customary money.
      • Example 1535:
        Mamdeuko po via moloe.
        The honeyeater has red feathers.

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  • Is Part of:
    • viavia mamdeuko feather money: an artifact used by neighbouring Santa Cruz islanders as their traditional money. Takes the form of a red belt, made with the red feathers of the Honeyeater bird.