Ronald Gatty's Fijian-English Dictionary is the most up-to-date lexicographic source for the language. It is a reliable, practical guide that includes helpful notes on word usage, Fijian culture, and the natural history of the South Pacific.
Ronald Gatty was raised on a copra plantation on Katafaga island, Lau archipelago, Fiji. He studied botany, economics, and anthropology at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), where he earned his MS and PhD degrees, and for many years thereafter taught at City University of New York (NYC). Following his academic career, he worked throughout the South Pacific as a plant explorer in herbal medicine for a major pharmaceutical company, finally retiring to Fiji in 1985 and continuing his study of the Fijian language and culture.