d,  The D is a letter often pronounced by the Tahitians, they confound it with the t, and cannot distinguish the sound of the one from that of the other, as is also the case in regard to the b and p, and in some of the islands the case is exactly the same as to the hard g and the k. No word perhaps, purely Tahitian, begins with d uniformly, yet on account of foreign words such as the following, it is proper to retain it. [Dav : 1561]