Abau edit

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit


  1. a cassowary bone

References edit

  • Arjen Lock (2007) Phonology Essentials: Abau Language, SIL International

Dutch edit

Alternative forms edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ryu̯/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -yu̯

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle Dutch ruuch, ru, rou, from Old Dutch *rūh, *rū, from Proto-Germanic *rūhwaz. The original stem ended in -h-, which disappeared between vowels, giving *rū- in the inflected forms in Old Dutch. This then gave rise to an alternative uninflected form *rū, which developed into Middle Dutch ru, rou, modern Dutch ruw, rouw. The original uninflected form was back-formed to ruig based on other words with -ch in the uninflected form and -g- in inflected forms, similar to what happened to hoog.

Adjective edit

ruw (comparative ruwer, superlative ruwst)

  1. rough, crude, harsh (not gentle)
  2. raw, crude (unprocessed)
    De ruwe suiker wordt hier binnengebracht.
    The raw sugar enters the building right here.
    Dit is een bijproduct van ruwe olie.
    This is a byproduct of crude oil.
Inflection edit
Inflection of ruw
uninflected ruw
inflected ruwe
comparative ruwer
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial ruw ruwer het ruwst
het ruwste
indefinite m./f. sing. ruwe ruwere ruwste
n. sing. ruw ruwer ruwste
plural ruwe ruwere ruwste
definite ruwe ruwere ruwste
partitive ruws ruwers
Descendants edit
  • Afrikaans: ru
  • Negerhollands: rauw

Etymology 2 edit

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb edit


  1. inflection of ruwen:
    1. first-person singular present indicative
    2. imperative