viko money, of the customary kind: in Vanikoro shell money, made of [...]

Part of Speech noun
Phonetic Form fiko
Tanema Equivalent veika
Lovono Equivalent veika
    • money, of the customary kind: in Vanikoro shell money, made of cowrie shells
      • Ethn
    • Infobox Traditional shell money: You collect cone shells, cut out the mollusc from it. Then using black stone, you file those shells into a round shape. That's how you made traditional money.
      Infobox (Teanu) Viko pe noma: Li-loko aero we anive, li-si kangele i-ke mina. Li-la voko waboro li-ia aero ñei wablubu, ka li-ejau viko ñei.
      • Example 1385:
        Ka ponu li-la viko, li-lui li-lateli ne moe ma tadoe.
        They took the ritual money, and deposited it in the gods’ lair.
      • Example 1867:
        Dapa Niteni li-ejau viko ñe viavia mamdeuko.
        The people of Santa Cruz make money using feathers of the Myzomela bird.
      • Example 2630:
        Dapa noma Banie na li-ejau viko ñe mata aero – aero we anive.
        Our ancestors here in Vanikoro used to create money using shells, cone shells.
    • money, of the modern kind; coins, treasure
      • Mod
    • price
      • Example 2470:
        Viko peini kape tivi?
        How much will it cost? [its money will (be) how much?]
        Example Comment
        Future tense
    • fine, to be paid in order to repair o.'s mistakes
      • Ethn
    • Syntactic Restriction custom
      • Example 2177:
        Ka a-romo leka! Kape u-re viko!
        You had eye contact with your cousin! You will have to pay a fine!

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  • See also:
    • savene ‘savene’ mat: a valuable mat (approx. 50 cm x 2m), delicately woven, traditionally given as bride price or as payment of ritual rights
    • ~sube make a mistake (in talking, in writing+) / make a faux pas; do wrong, by accident rather than deliberately; infringe (, ñe) / do morally wrong; sin
    • aero we anive small cone shell used as traditional money (viko) in Vanikoro, and other parts of Melanesia
    • ~sava buy, purchase ‹› (from s.o., teve) / pay the bride price for ‹a woman›; hence marry ‹a woman›