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abiabi

abiabi

n. foam

baba

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n. father

baba hale

baba hale

n. floor (house)

baganga du numekai

n. pot

bagugu

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defecate (shit)

balabala

grown soft

benebene

raise

bibinaga

n. Mollusk, sp.: (Atactodea)

bilibili

vi. octopus

bongongo-loubuge

bongongo-loubuge

n. rabbit fish (Siganus puellus)

Example: Photo by Jan Messersmith November 29, 2006 via Flickr License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

bugubugu

bulging or hilly

bulolo

mollusk (nerita polida)

daadaa

vt. hew

daahaa

ai. broad space

dagadaga

a coconut whose meat is dry without having been opened

dagadaga dangada

to gossip about someone

dahida daane

n. hard working man, especially a fisherman

daladala

daladala

n. spider lily (Crinum asiaticum)

Example: Photo by angeliathatsme July 1, 2011 via Flickr License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

daledale

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cough

daligi gii made

kill

dangada agoago

n. teacher

dangada hai buubuu

n. sorcerer

dedeedae

adj. always late

dedeedohu

adj. never enough

dedeegida

adj. blind

dengedenge

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

didi

vt. wind around

dihidihi

angelfish species (Pomacanthidae sp.)

do engo go ai?

phrase What’s your name?

dodo

vi. blood, to bleed

dongodongo

n. boxing or fighting

duludulu

n. house post

duu lagalaga manini

school of surgeon fish

gadagada gi

to laugh at

gahu lahilahi

thin cloth

gaugau

vi. bathe

gee gee

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n. green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

gelegele

n. sand

goaa bogobogo

place having many depressions (e.g., corrugated surface)

goaa dadaagala

n. playground

gologolo

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n. grass

gonu hagalimalima

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v. be somewhat fast

gubenge huduhudu

n. throwing net

gungaadada

school of red snapper

haahaa

to feel about in the dark, to grope

hagaganniu

vt. add more coconut meat

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)

hagahagaoho

vt. scream periodically

hagahinihini

at. to tangle up

hagahogihogi

vt. form a crowd

hagalee hilihili

it doesn’t matter which

hagaligiligi

vt. to approach circumspectly; gingerly

hagalooloo

vt. lengthen

hagulaa-hagulaa

fish:white marlin

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n. manta ray (Manta alfredi)

haka limalima

v. hurry

halahala

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find

haluhalu

carving/scraping noise

heduu gu lele

n. shooting star

hiahi humalia goe?

phrase good evening

honihoni

n. light sprinkling rain

huruhuru

beard

korokoro

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boiled

labelabe

n. olive-scribbled wrasse

lagau duduia

n. thorn branch

lauka wolowolo

n. shouting wood used for making houses on Kapinga atoll

leelee

v. speak

libaliba

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drunk, be

lili

vt. sizzle

madaanaa

n. club used for beating fish

madamada

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n. short jawed bonefish (Albula glossodonta)

magamaga

magamaga

n. starfish

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

malaelae

n. open area around the house

malili

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dull

manamana

vt. weigh (on a scale); seek by divination

mangamanga

going any direction

matagitagi

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first

matagitagiloo

once upon a time, first time

matua tuadolu

phrase a triple hook

mee dadaagala

n. toy

mee ngiingii

flute

miami

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eat

ngahingahi

n. old or worn out sarong, rag

ngogo

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n. egg

ngogo

n. zero

ngogo di golomada

n. eyeball

ngogo gudu

louse, egg

ngudulooloo

n. longnosed emperor (Lethrinus olivaceus)

noho gii lala

sit down

oluolu

scraping soda can on table noise

sukusuku

v. to pound

tabatab

n. slipper lobster species (Scyllaridae sp.)

talo mangamanga

n. three pointed fishing spear

tangada daumaha

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priest

tangada mada mada humalia

n. guardian

wanuwanu

floating

whelhe

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burned

wolowolo

shouting