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From man (man) +‎ meri (woman), a calque of a formation common in Papuan languages, e.g. Waskia kadimet (people) (from kadi (man) and imet (woman)).



  1. People
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Port Moresby: Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Jenesis 1:26:
      Bihain God i tok olsem, “Nau yumi wokim ol manmeri bai ol i kamap olsem yumi yet. Bai yumi putim ol i stap bos bilong ol pis na ol pisin na bilong olgeta kain animal na bilong olgeta samting bilong graun.”
      →New International Version translation


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