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hand

/han/ n. 1. [Atlantic, Tok Pisin (Todd & Miihlhausler 1977:31); cf. Sao Tome Port. Cr. mo hand and arm, cf. Port. mão hand (Ivens Ferraz p.c.); a calque on the anatomical division found in many African languages, e.g. Twi alónu arm from the elbow (Koelle 40), Ibo aka idem (Okolo p.c.), Yoruba owó idem (Oyedeji p.c.)] the hand and lower arm: He can reach across the table because he has long hands (Nassau). cf. FOOT (Black)

2. [Trin. idem (Winer); cf. Krio an esusu idem KED] a portion of the money pooled in an ASUE : 1976 Small groups of people would place in the hands of "asue keepers" an equal sum of money every week; this was called a "hand" (Eneas 17). (Black)

102. asue

Tags: anatomy, body part, calque, noun

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Last update: 2012-12-04 09:12
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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