🌏 Region(s): Ryukyu (Okinawa)
やーどぅー・やーるー【宿】 : yaaduu · yaaruu | define meaning
yaaduu · yaaruu
- Gecko; house gecko; tree gecko; ground gecko
Likely cognate with the standard Japanese term やど【宿】 yado, meaning lodging or dwelling. や ya itself may have originally come from the morpheme や【家】 ya (Okinawan やーyaa), meaning "house", in parallel to the Japanese word やもり【守宮・家守】 yamori, "gecko".
Some of the most common species of gecko around Okinawa Island are the Common Okinawa (or Ryukyu) Ground Gecko (Goniurosaurus kuroiwae kuroiwae), the Mourning Gecko (Lepidodactylus lugubris), and the House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) found throughout the Ryukyu chain, as well as the Ryukyu Tokashiki Gecko (Goniurosaurus kuroiwae orientalis) found primarily in the Kerama Islands.