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abaaba

n. fence, wall of a house

agogo

adj. brilliant (used only with the color red)

angiangi

adj. windy

angoli gilala

bottom fishing

baba

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n. white-edged lyretail; yellow-edged lyretail

baba dauaga

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father-in-law

baganga du numekai

n. pot

biabia

n. prepared food; raw soft breadfruit mixed with water

bilibili

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n. octopi in general

bilibili

vi. octopus

bilibili dodoogono

rough play, rough-and-tumble

bolobolo

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basket

dagadaga

a coconut whose meat is dry without having been opened

dahida daane

n. hard working man, especially a fisherman

dama madua

n. eldest child

daudau

vt. wrestle

dedeegida

adj. blind

dedeetau

adj. too small, misfitted

dehadehaawa

adj. forgetful, absent-minded

dihidihi

n. moorish idol

dongidongi

Peck

dudu

vt. kindle (fire)

dungadungaa

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roughness

gadagada gi

to laugh at

ganniu balabala

soft meat of green cocount

gawe bilibili

tentacles of an octopus

geegee

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type of turtle

gelegele

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noun sand

Example: Photo by Matt Kiefer October 6, 2006 via Flickr License: CC BY-SA 2.0

goaa baba

level ground

golooloo luumada

bunch of drinking coconuts

gonu hagalimalima

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v. be somewhat fast

gugu

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n. midnight snapper; black and white snapper

gungaadada

school of red snapper

haadodo

n. outrigger float connecting stanchion

haahaa

to feel about in the dark, to grope

habuihabula

adj. multi-colored

haga nghoronghoro

snore

haga raraura

set on fire

hagabagibagi

vt. drive a school of fish

hagagonigoni

vt. rock back and forth

hagahaga

mf to try to, periodically (variant of haga prefix, augmenting the meaning of the derivative form in the sense of repetitive action over a long period of time)

hagahagagila

vt. try to formulate

hagahagapulu

vt. always keeping someone company

hagahemeheme

vt. tidy, to keep clean

hagahogihogi

vt. form a crowd

hagalagilagi

vt. to dry out under sunshine (by hanging)

hagalengelenge

vt. allow to ripen

hagamanini tawe

school of flying fish

hagamaumau

vt. memorize

hai dahadaha

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n. manta ray

halahala

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find

hale baguuguu

hale baguuguu

n. outhouse

Example: Photo by Joel Abroad September 29, 2007 via Flickr License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

hale ngogo manu

noun bird nest

hekehek

adj. skinny

hiwahiwa

n. appendage; fin

hiwahiwa

n. fish fin

huluhulu

n. hair not on the head

hwouhwou

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bark (dog)

ibu mimi

n. kidney

kaukau

kaukau

swimming

korokoro

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boiled

labelabe

n. olive-scribbled wrasse

lala

roasted

lauka wolowolo

n. shouting wood used for making houses on Kapinga atoll

libaliba

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drunk, be

lili

vt. sizzle

lilil

sigh

lodo balabala

Meek in spirit

lolo kala

n. perfume

loulou

vt. pick with a breadfruit picker

lowada daua

lowada daua
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n. red warrior ant

Mada Madangi

Mada Madangi
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name of coral head in Kapinga lagoon

madaanaa

n. club used for beating fish

madamada

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n. short jawed bonefish

madamada

n. small-toothed jobfish

magamaga

n. mimic octopus and similar species

malaelae

n. open area around the house

malili

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dull

matagitagi

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first

mee dadaagala

n. toy

mee ngiingii

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n flute, whistle

mimi

vi. urinate

moigaga

n. a fiber of coconut husk

ngogo

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n. brain

ngogo di golomada

n. eyeball

ngudulooloo

n. longnosed emperor

ngungu

To chew or masticate

nogunogu

v. crumple

oluolu

scraping soda can on table noise

paku kuru

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breadfruit pancake, grilled on a fire

tabatab

n. slipper lobster species

takamomo

n. blue boxfish

tamagigi dane

n. teenage boy

tebetebe

Box

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bleed

Togo Manini

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name of coral head in Kapinga lagoon

tokitata

v. to hit

Touhou

Touhou
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an islet of Kapinga Atoll (one of only two that is inhabited)

tuahina ahina madua

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elder sister

tulutulu

n. post supporting a house