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akai gu moholoholo

flower blossoms

arara

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n. bluefin trevally (Caranx melampygus)

baba madua

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maternal grandfather

baba madua

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paternal grandfather

badubadu

to pluck, earthworms, to shake water off

bai bai

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n. flatfish (flounder, halibut, etc)

balabala

grown soft

benben

n. mahi mahi or common dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus)

bibi

n. scallop

bibinaga

n. Mollusk, sp.: (Atactodea)

bilibili

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n. octopi in general

bilibili

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n. octopi in general

bulolo

mollusk (nerita polida)

dada

vt. pull; drag

dadaulia

vi. confused, be

dagadaga

a coconut whose meat is dry without having been opened

dahida daane

n. hard working man, especially a fisherman

dedeemimi

adj. constantly having to urinate

dedeemodu

adj. continuous

dedeenoho

adj. unceasingly, always

dedeetau

adj. too small, misfitted

deledele

trawling

dodo

vi. blood, to bleed

duaahina ahina

n. sister

dudu

vt. kindle (fire)

dudu

vt. to kindle (a fire or lantern)

duwaduwa

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tired

duwoiwoi

duwoiwoi

n. dragonfly

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gaagenge

n. ladder

gaagenge

n. ladder, stairway

gahu lahilahi

thin cloth

gaugau

vi. bathe

gawe bilibili

tentacles of an octopus

gelegele

n. sand

gimadou nogo lala madou ika

phrase we roast a fish

gimadou nogo miami hiahi digo a dahi

phrase we eat together for dinner

golooloo luumada

bunch of drinking coconuts

gulugulua

adj. filthy, disgusted (with smelly objects like feces)

haahaa

to feel about in the dark, to grope

habehabe

vi. to limp

hadu sukusuku

n. rocks for pounding

haga nghoronghoro

snore

hagaadaada

first light of the moon or sun

hagababaulia

vt. to measure out, allot

hagadoedoe

vt. use sparingly

hagadubedube

vi. stumble

hagagai laa

greedy

hagageinga wai

boundary of taro plot

hagagoboina

vt. amaze

hagagouwa

vi. pout

hagahagaabulu

vt. to purposely sink or submerge (and leave submerged for some time)

hagahagagila

vt. to try to formulate (e.g., an idea or plan)

hagahagahula

ai. swelling periodically

hagahagahumalia

vt. make up (after fighting)

hagainaina

vt. to stagger under a weight or when very sleepy

hagalengelenge

vt. allow to ripen

haka bole bole hoku

Wag (a tail)

haka hegehege

v. surf

hilahila

n. sennit

hoho lo

very near

holole

n. tongue

hongobaba

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n. blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus)

huogodo dogorua

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both

kaukau

kaukau

swimming

laagauhau

laagauhau

Stick used for pushing the boat out

labelabe

n. olive-scribbled wrasse

lalaur

n. flame

lele

Run

lilil

sigh

limalima

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fast

looloo

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long

loulou

vt. pick with a breadfruit picker

madaanaa

n. club used for beating fish

madabiabia

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n. six-blotch hind (Cephalopholis sexmaculata)

madalimalima

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adj. early (for an appt)

madamada

n. short jawed bonefish (Albula glossodonta)

magalili

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cold

magamaga

n. mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) and similar species

magi magalili

have fever

manawa maamaa

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kind

mangamanga

going any direction

manu mamaangi

manu mamaangi

n. bird

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manumanu

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insect

me hagaangiangi

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fan

ngogo

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n. egg

ngogo gudu

louse, egg

ngungu

To chew or masticate

nguunguu

vt. mumble

nguunguu

v. mutter

nono madua

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n. paternal grandmother

sukusuku

v. to pound

takamomo

n. blue boxfish (Ostracion meleagris)

tamagigi ahine

n. teenage girl

tangehange

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n. ghost crab (Ocypodinae sp.)

tangitangi hekai

n. hungry whine

tau magamaga

famine

tawatawa

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n. kawakawa tuna or mackerel tuna (Euthynnus affinis)

unga-hihi

n. mollusk (nerita picea)

unga-hihi

mollusk (nerita picea)

whouwhou

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noun bark