See also: Meli, měli, mēli, melī, meļi, mēļi, and мели

HawaiianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Learned borrowing from Ancient Greek μέλι (méli). Coined by missionaries for the 1839 translation of the Bible. The missionaries had considered transcribing honey into Hawaiian as either hani (flirt, act coy) or as honi (kiss). The two were considered unacceptable as being too impure and as such the missionaries went to Ancient Greek to coin a word.

NounEdit

meli

  1. honey
    • 1839 Ka Baibala: Lunakanawai 14:8 (tr. Authorized Version of the Bible, Judges 14:8):
      A mahope iho hoi mai la ia e lawe ia ia, kipa ae la ia e nana i ke kino o ka liona, aia hoi, he poe nalomeli, a me ka meli pu maloko o ke kino o ua liona la.
      And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion.
  2. bee

SynonymsEdit


ItalianEdit

NounEdit

meli m

  1. plural of melo

AnagramsEdit


LatinEdit

NounEdit

mēlī

  1. dative singular of mēlēs

LatvianEdit

Etymology 1Edit

See melis.

NounEdit

meli m

  1. vocative singular form of melis
  2. accusative singular form of melis
  3. instrumental singular form of melis

Etymology 2Edit

See mele.

NounEdit

meli f

  1. accusative singular form of mele
  2. instrumental singular form of mele

Etymology 3Edit

Nominal derived from an old (unattested) verb *melt, from Proto-Indo-European *mel- (to grind, to crush, to pound). The semantic evolution was probably: “something ground, crushed (to small pieces)” > “(unimportant) blabber, gossip” (a meaning attested for the verb malt in some contexts; compare also Russian молоть (molotʹ, to grind; to babble, to gossip)) > “lie, untruth.” Cognates include Lithuanian melúoti (to lie, to gossip), mẽlas, dialectal mãlas, Russian мел (mel, chalk), мелкий (melkij, fine, small, petty), German Mehl (flour), Middle Irish mell (error, delusion), Ancient Greek μέλεος (méleos, futile, superfluous, useless), Tocharian A smale (lie, untruth).[1]

NounEdit

meli m (1st declension)

  1. lie, falsehood, untruth
    nevainīgi melian innocent lie, a fib
    skaidri melia clear, obvious lie
    balti, salti melian outrageous (lit. white, frosty) lie
    izgudrot, stāstīt melusto invent, to tell lies
    atklāt melusto detect, to reveal a lie
DeclensionEdit
Derived termsEdit
Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “melot”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN

MapudungunEdit

Mapudungun cardinal numbers
 <  3 4 5  > 
    Cardinal : meli
    Ordinal : ?

NumeralEdit

meli (using Raguileo Alphabet)

  1. four

SamoanEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from English mail.

NounEdit

meli

  1. mail

Etymology 2Edit

From Latin mel (honey).

NounEdit

meli

  1. honey

Serbo-CroatianEdit

ParticipleEdit

meli (Cyrillic spelling мели)

  1. masculine plural active past participle of mesti

SicilianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin mel, melle.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛli/
  • Hyphenation: mè‧li

NounEdit

meli m

  1. honey

SwahiliEdit

NounEdit

meli (n class, plural meli)

  1. ship
  2. cargo

Tocharian BEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compare Tocharian A malañ.

NounEdit

meli

  1. (plural only) nose