I still sometimes get caught out. For example, I wanted to look up cecair ('liquid'). It turns out that it is listed under cair ('liquid').
The problem with this is that ce is not a standard prefix (like the very common prefixes ber, ke or meN). Eventually, I discovered that reduplication is regarded as a standard morphological process, which is why ce can be added on to the front of the root cair. Other examples given by Malay Grammar Made Easy (Liaw Yock Fang, Times, 1999, p. 362) include:
- tetamu ('guest'): root = tamu ('guest')
- lelangit ('palate'): root = langit ('sky')
- lelaki ('man'): root = laki ('husband')
- jejari ('radius'): root = jari ('finger')
- rerambut ('capillary'): root = rambut ('hair')