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pidgin

  

      n   a language made up of elements of two or more other languages and used for contacts, esp. trading contacts, between the speakers of other languages. Unlike creoles, pidgins do not constitute the mother tongue of any speech community  
     (C19: perhaps from Chinese pronunciation of English business)  


New Guinea Pidgin  
      n   the variety of Neo-Melanesian spoken in Papua New Guinea and neighbouring islands  
pidgin English  
      n   a pidgin in which one of the languages involved is English  
Solomon Islands Pidgin  
      n   the variety of Neo-Melanesian spoken in the Solomon Islands and neighbouring islands  
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