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a

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[a] int. an interjection at the end of a sentence to emphasize or reinforce the statement made

abúr

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[abúr] adj. unlucky; unfortunate; jinxed; ill-fated

afañ pwfi

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[aʎã pɨʎi] num. forty

ajiñbò

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[aɉĩbò] n. friend (used as both term of reference and address)

akañ

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[akã] prep. bottom; beneath

ali lembo

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[ali lembo] n. paved road

ata

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[ata] n. aunt (term of address)

aziñ ziñpvr

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[aɲĩ ɲĩpǝr] n. nipple

bari’

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[bariɁ] v. get up; stand up syn. guri’

baro-mazañ

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[baro-maɲã] n. traditional friends (esp. of other community or of far away places)

birañ

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[birã] n. stump (esp. of bamboo)

bu’

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[buɁ] v. burst; explode

buufú

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[buuʎú] n. tadpole

buutw

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[buutɨ] n. community; society

byuxwñ

byuxwñ
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[bjuxɨ̃] n. cemetery; burial ground; graveyard

Example: Photo by Tage Kanno

bátè

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[bátè] adj. thick (of mud or liquid)

culu

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[culu] n. a variety of children’s game

dacañ

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[dacã] n. iron; metal

ditvr

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[ditǝr] n. lumps of soil (esp. in paddy fields)

dwgoo

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[dɨgoo] n. food; eatable

dwlo

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[dɨlo] n. paddy for husking

dwpyo

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[dɨpjo] v. steal; pirate; plagiarize

dwraa-lozañ

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[dɨraa-loɲã] n. in the coming years

e’

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[] v. shoot

eñtw tari

eñtw tari
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[ẽtɨ tari] n. kiwi (Actinidia sp.)

Example: Photo by Tage Kanno

galo sudu

[galo sudu] n. metallic smoking pipe

gehe

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[gehe] v. yawn

gipyañ

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[gipjã] v. close (a hinged door)

gorá

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[gorá] n. a section of Apatani village council

hañ

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[] v. investigate; make enquiries; probe; enquire

heñpuñ-heñka

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[hẽpũ-hẽka] v. be confused

hilu

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[hilu] n. gum

ifiñ linwñ

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[iʎĩ linɨ̃] n. rectal prolapse

iza

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[iɲa] int. interjection to express repugnance

jare

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[ɉare] num. one thousand

kage’

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[kageɁ] v. look at

kakiñ-tayiñ

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[kakĩ-tajĩ] v. show off; put on airs

kanuda

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[kanuda] n. in five days; five days hence

kapanw he

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[kapanɨ he] adv. everything

katì

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[katì] v. review; re-examine; re-evaluate

keemw’

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[keemɨɁ] v. crush by rubbing

kibo

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[kibo] n. male dog

kone abi’

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[kone abiɁ] pron. everyone

koofo’

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[kooʎoɁ] adj. not rounded; uneven

kooju’

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[kooɉuɁ] v. hold one’s legs together

koopw’

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[koopɨɁ] v. sprain

kooro’

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[kooroɁ] n. a traditional relationship on the maternal side whom a portion of meat from sacrificial animal is offered

la’pó

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[laɁpó] n. upper arm

la’qvr

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[laɁŋǝr] n. wrist

laako

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[laako] n. a crossed stick in front of the entrance to signify the performance of a ritual in the household

laakur

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[laakur] v. take back

lupyu’

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[lupjuɁ] v. spread false and damaging statements about someone; defame; slander;

lwriñ

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[lɨrĩ] n. kneelet comprising of string of beads, esp. worn by priests

mah

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[mah] int. no; exclamation for negative response to a question

meñ

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[mẽ] v. kill; assassinate; execute; slaughter

miliñ

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[milĩ] adj. serious (of health status) adv. with great difficulty; by hook or by crook

milò iñ

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[milò ĩ] v. to get married (of a female)

mu’go

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[muɁgo] n. outlet in a paddy field

mwdañ

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[mɨdã] v. touch (esp. to cause pain)

mwdù

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[mɨdù] n. time for doing something

mwpyó

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[mɨpjó] v. do something secretly

nekañ

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[nekã] n. toilet; latrine

obyo’

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[objoɁ] adj. long

paapi

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[paapi] n. a variety of flowering plant (Hedychium ellipticum)

Example: Photo by Tapi Takha

paci’

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[paciɁ] n. an element of a rat trap

pafi

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[paʎi] v. patch; patch on; stitch up; repair

pakañ

pakañ
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[pakã] n. goose

Example: Photo by Koj Mama

paro’ pai

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[paroɁ pai] n. poultry dropping

pwra

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[pɨra] adj. infertile (of egg)

pyazi’

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[pjaɲiɁ] n. early maturing variety of paddy belonging to mìipyá group

pyu

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[pju] v. move to and fro (esp. a post)

pyú

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[pjú] v. beguile; entice; lure

ribo

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[ribo] v. throw something across

rica

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[rica] v. throw something up

ro’ko

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[roɁko] n. a bamboo strip that tightens the beams of a house

rwbóda

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[rɨbóda] n. three days hence

rwgañ

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[rɨgã] n. edge; border; boundary

rwxw afiñ

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[rɨxɨ aʎĩ] n. the evening after four days

sabè

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[sabè] n. loincloth

safó

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[saʎó] n. a variety of tree; Fragrant Himalayan Champaka (Michelia champaca)

sampyá

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[sampjá] n. wooden tray used for transporting soil from one place to the other in an agricultural field

somiñ qarmiñ

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[somĩ ŋarmĩ] n. entertainment; amusement; enjoyment

sw

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[] v. die

swmi

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[sɨmi] n. lake

taaxè

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[taaxè] v. lie on one’s back; lie supine

tajvr

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[taɉǝr] n. a species of bamboo

takiñ

takiñ
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[takĩ] n. cowrie shell

Example: Photo by Tage Kanno

tasiñ pwha

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[tasĩ pɨha] n. a variety of bamboo basket used for carrying vegetables or edible aquatic insects

tasiñ siizi’

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[tasĩ siiɲiɁ] n. small-sized larvae of dragonfly

tipi

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[tipi] n. thumb impression

tuulu

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[tuulu] n. sub-clan

twdw

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[tɨdɨ] adj. short

uunw

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[uunɨ] n. main entrance of a hole

uuzó

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[uuɲó] adj. small (of hole)

xww

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[xɨɨ] v. boil; cook

yai

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[jai] n. variety of bamboo (Dendrocalamus hamiltonii)

yasi paje’

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[jasi paɉeɁ] n. water birds

Example: Photo by Koj Mama

yaso

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[jaso] n. cane

za’tu

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[ɲaɁtu] n. knife

ápù

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[ápù] n. sphere; globe