Austronesian words for seahorse (Hippocampus spp.)

Waruno Mahdi mahdi at FHI-Berlin.MPG.DE
Sat May 8 19:48:21 UTC 1999

I already sent this off, before realizing that it had been addressed
directly to Bruce Biggs. So here it is once more to the list (sorry).


the generally accepted Indonesian word for it is _kuda laut_ (that's
litteral for hoosi tahi). Less generally known nowadays is an older
denotation, _unduk-unduk_ or _ikan unduk-unduk_ (_ikan_ 'fish'),
which originally probably was a descripion of the up-and-down
nodding or bobbing motion of the little critters.
I'll be back if I turn up anything more on them.

Regards,   Waruno

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