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Volume 31, 1898
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An interesting point in connection with the kumi controversy was mentioned by Mr. E. Tregear.

He said that Mr. F. W. Christian had left behind him a great deal of work to be edited by the Polynesian Society. That day he was reading the proofs of the vocabulary of Nukuora, a little island in Micronesia. There was hardly a word in it that was not the purest Maori, and the islanders' word for lizard was “kumi.”

Mr. R. C. Harding questioned whether the word might not have a particular meaning as opposed to a general meaning.

In reply, Mr. Tregear said the word was used in compound forms, so that it was evidently the general word for lizard.