(Edible greens, green leafy vegetable) Hibiscus spinach’ or ‘Sunset hibiscus’ Hisbiscus manihot or Abelmoschus manihot. The centre of origin of the plant is Sulawesi-New Guinea, extending across Melanesia some time before European contact. The taxonomic name, Hisbiscus manihot or Abelmoschus manihot, differs among authorities.

  • Mi laik kaikai aibika wantaim tinpis.
    I like to eat aibika with tinned fish.
  • Aibika em gutpela kumu bilong kaikai.
    Aibika is a good vegetable to eat.

See also: Aibika in Papua New Guinea


1. flirt, envy, desire, to look longingly at (see also mangalim)

  • Yu no ken aigris long kaikai bilong mi.
    Do not envy my food.
  • Ol meri i aigris long dispela man.
    The girls give this fellow the glad eye.
  • Baundo wantaim pikinini i go sindaun arere long haus bilong Loime na aigris long kaikai i stap.
    Baundo and his children sat down outside Loime’s house and looked hungrily at the food.
  • Ol manki go long maket na aigris long ol resa meri.
    The boys went to the market and flirted with the fashion girls there.

2. (Place nameAigris Maket a very small roadside market on the Bulolo-Aseki road near Pararoa Primary School, Watut Council area, Morobe Province, so-named because Watut girls are not meant to flirt at all.


iron, steel, made of iron, metallic

  • ain bilong tamiok iron axe head
  • hat ain hard hat, helmet
  • ain mani coins
  • Hatim ain na ainim klos.
    Heat the iron and iron the clothes.
  • Yu laikim ain bia o botol bia?
    Do you want canned beer or bottled beer?