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abaaba

n. fence, wall of a house

agogo

adj. brilliant (used only with the color red)

akai dala dala

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n. white and purple flower plant

arara

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n. bluefin trevally (Caranx melampygus)

au e hihai e miami

phrase I want to

au nebele hai dii hihai e miami

phrase I am supposed to be a high school student

baba

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n. white-edged lyretail (Aetobatus narinari), yellow-edged lyretail (Variola louti)

baba dauaga

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father-in-law

bagugu

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defecate (shit)

belubelu

fish species

bilibili

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n. octopi in general

bolebole

Shiver

bulu luuluu ngudu

n. tooth brush

daahaa

ai. broad space

dada

vt. pull; drag

dahida daane

n. hard working man, especially a fisherman

dalodalo

vt. pray

damagiigi

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young

damagiigi

dedeedaha

adj. never flies (e.g. a kite)

dedeegida

adj. blind

dedeenoho

adj. unceasingly, always

dedeeoo

adj. stuffed full

dedeetau

adj. too small, misfitted

dihidihi

n. moorish idol (Zanclus cornutus)

diidii

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bosom/breast

duu hingahinga

poorly balanced

duwaduwa

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tired

gaagenge

n. ladder, stairway

gaga

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n. whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

gaugau

v. wash self

gelegele pungu

disk-like sand particle

gelgele

sand

goaa gulugulua

disgusting place

golooloo luumada

bunch of drinking coconuts

goneiga lala

n. smoked fish

gonu hagalimalima

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v. be somewhat fast

habuihabula

adj. multi-colored

hadu sukusuku

n. rocks for pounding

hagaabiabi

loincloth; makeshift, to do or tie temporarily

hagaabuabulu

vt. cause to sink, accidentally or temporarily

hagaangiangi

to cool off by a breeze

hagababa

vt. level (e.g. ground)

hagabagibagi

vt. drive a school of fish

hagabaubau

vt. think

hagadagamila

vt. distort

hagagaabulu

vt. sink or submerge (purposefully)

hagagai laa

greedy

hagagiwigiwi

vt. to squint

hagagoloo

vt. accumulate goods

hagagouwa

vi. pout

hagahagahula

ai. swelling periodically

hagahagahumalia

vt. make up (after fighting)

hagahaganoho

vt. to seat (e.g., person’s at a feast)

hagahagaoho

vt. scream periodically

hagahagapulu

vt. always keeping someone company

hagalimalima giibeni

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v. be very fast

hagamanini tawe

school of flying fish

halahala

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find

hekehek

adj. skinny

hilahila

n. sennit

hiwahiwa

n. appendage; fin

hoho

near

hongobaba

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n. blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus)

huluhulu

n. hair not on the head

hwouhwou

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bark (dog)

labelabe

n. olive-scribbled wrasse

labelabe

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n. sea green wrasse (Novaculichthys macrolepidotus), dragon wrasse (Novaculichthys taeniourus)

labelabe

Olive-scribbled wrasse

lala

vi. heat up

laubaba

plywood

lele

Run

libaliba

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drunk, be

libaliba

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drunk, get

limalima

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fast

lolo kala

n. perfume

madaalili uu

n. nipple of breasts

madabiabia

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n. six-blotch hind (Cephalopholis sexmaculata)

magamaga

n. mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) and similar species

magamaga

magamaga

n. starfish

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malaelae

n. open area around the house

malala

n. embers

miami

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eat

miami luada

have breakfast

ngahingahi

n. old or worn out sarong, rag

ngogo

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n. brain

ngogo

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n. egg

ngongong

n. tin roof

nono madua

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n. paternal grandmother

oluolu

scraping soda can on table noise

puu puu

bang bang

takamomo

n. blue boxfish (Ostracion meleagris)

tamagigi ahine

n. teenage girl

tangau bulabula

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n. black-banded snapper (Lutjanus semicinctus)

taua taua

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n. double lined mackerel (Grammatorcynos bilineatus)

teluakalakala

Skirt

tentene

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happy

tolole

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tongue

unga-hihi

n. mollusk (nerita picea)

whouwhou

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noun bark