1. a taboo

  • No ken brukim tambu.
    Do not break the taboo.

2. to restrict, to not allow, to forbid

  • Tambu tru long smok long opis.
    There is a total ban on smoking in the office.

3. a restricted place, a sacred place, to be tabooed

  • Dispela raunwara em ples tambu we yumi man nating i no inap go long en.
    This lake is a sacred spot where ordinary men like us may not go.

4. in-laws

  • Em i tambu bilong mi.
    He is my in-law.

5. (also tabu) shell money

  • Ol Tolai i yusim tambu long maket bilong ol.
    The Tolai people accept shell money in their markets.

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