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baganga du numekai

n. pot

balebale

v. dribble

banuunu

n. basket made with coconut leaves with carrying handle

bibi

n. scallop

bilibili

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n. octopi in general

bugubugu

bulging or hilly

bulolo

mollusk (nerita polida)

dada

dada

n. red snapper (Lutjanus vaigiensis)

Example: Photo by Florida Fish and Wildlife Center April 3, 2012
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dadaulia

vi. confused, be

dahida daane

n. hard working man, especially a fisherman

dahuhu

n. lower ridge pole; the very top

dama madua

n. eldest child

danedaneauli

danedaneauli

n. shark sucker (Echeneis naucrates)

Example: Photo by NOAA Photo Library September 12, 2013
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daudau

vt. wrestle

debedebe

n. box

dedeebaba

vi. to worry about

dedeeduu

adj. unable to stand (e.g. in high tide)

dedeemimi

adj. constantly having to urinate

deledele

trawling

dengedenge

adj. knotty (wood), having many bumps (of a tree)

dihidihi

angelfish species (Pomacanthidae sp.)

dinana

n. mother

dinana donu

natural mother

dodo hai

barb of a stingray used to pierce ears

duaahina ahina

n. sister

duu hingahinga

poorly balanced

duu lagalaga manini

school of surgeon fish

duuaganga

duuaganga

n. coconut husk

gadagada gi

to laugh at

gaga

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n. whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

ganiganihatol

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n. spadefish and batfish species (Chaetodipterus sp.)

ganniu balabala

soft meat of green cocount

ganniu hagaangiangi

copra dried in the wind

gaugau ngahulu

wash hair

gelegele pungu

disk-like sand particle

gelgele

sand

gubenge huduhudu

n. throwing net

haga baubau

think

haga nghoronghoro

snore

hagaangiangi

to cool off by a breeze

hagabapaba

vt. make up your minds

hagadaudau

vt. always reluctant

hagaehaaeha

vi. be similar

hagageinga wai

boundary of taro plot

hagagiwigiwi

vt. to squint

hagagoboina

vt. amaze

hagagonigoni

vt. rock back and forth

hagagono

vt. get drunk

hagahagaabulu

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

hagahagaboo

vt. keep conversing

hagahagahumalia

vt. make up (after fighting)

hagahaganoho

vt. seat (someone)

hagahagaoho

vt. scream periodically

hagahagaoho

vt. screaming periodically

hagahigihigi

vi. be quiet

hagahinihini

at. to tangle up

hagainaina

vt. to stagger under a weight or when very sleepy

hagalagilagi

vt. to dry out under sunshine (by hanging)

hagalee hilihili

it doesn’t matter which

hagalimalima

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v. be fast

hagamagama

to Mash

hagamiami

vt. feast, party

hale baguuguu

hale baguuguu

n. outhouse

Example: Photo by Joel Abroad September 29, 2007
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hale gaugau

n. bath house

haluhalu

carving/scraping noise

hilahila

vi. look around

hoehoe

hoehoe

n. flower of the Clerodendrum inerme

Example: Photo by Lauren Gutierrez February 4, 2012
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holole

n. tongue

huluhulu

n. hair not on the head

huluhulu wahang

n. armpit hair

kaikai

vt. spreading the news, gossip

kii gii lala

lie (down)

lagau duduia

n. thorn branch

lala

vi. heat up

lau baba

n. board

libaliba

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drunk, get

liholiho

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n. wide-band fusilier (Pterocaesio lativittata)

magalili

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cold

malala

n. embers

malama madangi

n. hurricane lantern

mama

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n. mother

manamanawa

vt. throb

matau tualua

phrase a double hook

matua tuadolu

phrase a triple hook

me baabaa

n. frying pan

mee ngiingii

flute

ngaagau

n. rectum

nganganga

n. tin roofing

ngongong

n. tin roof

nono madua

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n. paternal grandmother

oloolo madangi

n. gust of wind

papa

noise of multiple claps

taalo mangamanga

n. a three pronged fishing spear

tabatab

n. slipper lobster species (Scyllaridae sp.)

taua taua

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n. double lined mackerel (Grammatorcynos bilineatus)

teluakalakala

Skirt

tentene

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happy

tokitata

v. to hit

unga-hihi

mollusk (nerita picea)

whouwhou

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noun bark