meteet, v.s.of high family; rich/wealth (i.e.; having a large amount of Palauan money); possessing a lot of (money, food, etc.); abundant in (resources); (family, etc.) characteristically wealthy in; well-to-do; affluent.
meteet a ngar bab e kebkall; ldid me a Udes a meteet el blai; meteet a lemedai me ngii a di meteet, iltetel. of high family; the rich.
remeteet a meteet; rechad er a meteet el kebliil, blai; rechad el ngar a kingall er a omerreder.
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> That family is well-known to have resources in betel nut.
> In earlier times the rich paid the fines of the poor.
> Are you already rich?
> The ocean of our islands is abundant in fish.
> Those of high family are like the seed pod of the bngaol tree, which falls with its leafy cap upright.
The bngaol, a mangrove tree, bears a long pod which is sharply pointed on one end and has a leafy "cap" on the other. When it falls from the tree it generally lands standing in the mud with "cap" end up. Hence, the quality of being socially elite (meteet) is gained naturally at birth. One is born in good standing with a cap or insignia of high rank. It follows, then, that the elite need not display their high standing, everyone knows they are elite when they are born (and there is no other way to become elite). Going a step further, the elite may display proper humility and refer to a group including themselves as kid a remechebuul (we commoners).
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> Girls of age from high clans had their teeth blackened.

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