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abiabi

abiabi

n. foam

akai dabadaba

earing

baba dauaga

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father-in-law

baba madua

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paternal grandfather

badubadu

to pluck, earthworms, to shake water off

baganga du numekai

n. pot

balebale

v. dribble

belubelu

fish species

biabia

n. prepared food; raw soft breadfruit mixed with water

bibi

n. scallop

bulu luuluu ngudu

n. tooth brush

bulu luuluu ngudu

tooth brush

daahaa

ai. broad space

dada

dada

n. red snapper (Lutjanus vaigiensis)

Example: Photo by Florida Fish and Wildlife Center April 3, 2012 via Flickr License: CC BY-ND 2.0

dahuhu

n. lower ridge pole; the very top

daledale

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cough

damagiigi

debedebe

n. box

dedeebaba

vi. to worry about

dedeeoo

adj. stuffed full

dedeetomo

adj. to grow poorly, unable to grow

dehadehaawa

adj. forgetful, absent-minded

diidii

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bosom/breast

do engo go ai?

phrase What’s your name?

dodo hai

barb of a stingray used to pierce ears

dongodongo

n. boxing or fighting

duaahina ahina

n. sister

dudu

vt. kindle (fire)

duuaa i lodi di moomee

to appear unhealthy from overwork

gadagada

laugh

gaga

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n. whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

ganiganihatol

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n. spadefish and batfish species (Chaetodipterus sp.)

ganniu balabala

n. soft meat of green coconut

gaugau

vi. bathe

gelegele

gelegele
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noun sand

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

gelegele luuli

n. soil

gelegele luuli.

soil

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n. grass

gololangi

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n. cloud

gono baba

reef flat

gugu

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n. midnight snapper (Macolor macularis), black and white snapper (Macolor niger)

gungaadada

school of red snapper

haahaa

to feel about in the dark, to grope

haduhadu

n. limestrone strae below soil

haga nghoronghoro

snore

hagaabiabi

loincloth; makeshift, to do or tie temporarily

hagaabuabulu

vt. cause to sink, accidentally or temporarily

hagababaulia

vt. to measure out, allot

hagageinga wai

boundary of taro plot

hagagoboina

vt. amaze

hagahagaabulu

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

hagahagaboo

vt. keep conversing

hagahagagila

vt. try to formulate

hagahagagila

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

hagahagahumalia

vt. make up (after fighting)

hagahagawini

ai. withered

hagahemeheme

vt. tidy, to keep clean

hagahigihigi

vi. be quiet

hagahinihini

at. to tangle up

hagainaina

vt. to stagger under a weight or when very sleepy

hagalili

vt. to sear (e.g., meat)

hagalimalima

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v. be fast

hagalolo

at. to put coconut cream into (e.g., food)

hagalooloo

vt. lengthen

haka bole bole hoku

Wag (a tail)

heduu gu lele

n. shooting star

hiahi humalia goe?

phrase good evening

hoehoe

hoehoe

n. flower of the Clerodendrum inerme

Example: Photo by Lauren Gutierrez February 4, 2012 via Flickr License: CC BY-ND 2.0

houhou

Bark

huluhulu

n. hair not on the head

hunahuna

Obliterate

hwouhwou

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bark (dog)

iwi di wogowogo

n. rib

kii gii lala

lie (down)

korokoro

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boiled

laubaba

plywood

lele hagamhuni

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escape

libaliba

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drunk, be

libogo deledele

libogo deledele

n. a lure for trawling

lili

vt. sizzle

lolo kala

n. perfume

lolo wea ho

tallest

madabiabia

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n. six-blotch hind (Cephalopholis sexmaculata)

magamaga

magamaga

n. starfish

Example: Photo by NOAA Photo Library September 24, 2010 via Flickr License: CC BY 2.0

manini

n. convict tang (Acanthurus triostegus)

me hagaangiangi

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fan

miami

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eat

ngogo di golomada

n. eyeball

ngudulooloo

n. longnosed emperor (Lethrinus olivaceus)

ngungu

To chew or masticate

nguunguu

v. mutter

ruwaruwa

vomit

tai gu lahilahi

low tide

tawatawa

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n. kawakawa tuna or mackerel tuna (Euthynnus affinis)

teluakalakala

Skirt

tokitoki

noise of knocking

touhou

n. place name: heavily populated central islet

uga hagalala

n. long line for bottom fishing

whouwhou

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noun bark

wolowolo

shouting