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-afafáu

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v wear a hat, cover (something)

-ahatata

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v 1. lean against; 2. believe in, depend on

-ariri

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v/a greasy, oily, shiny and sleek with hair pomade, grease, oil

-arukwokwe

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v var. of -rukwokwe

akwaku

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n. a type of traditional exchange ceremony

apenapena

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anywhere

arihii ringringi nima

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v tie a house post

(Bislama) taetem ol pos blo aos.

iaku iaku

Geophila
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n. type of flowering plant (collection: Michael J. Balick #5141)

iaviapái

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n. a kind of sweet potato

imwarara

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n. a minor kava drinking place, see imwarɨm

iokokekei

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n. love

kaipaip sei kuekau

Children take the inflorescence of this plant and use it to find and poke lizards hiding in the bush. For treatment of an unspecified spiritual sickness, chew 2, 2" pieces of the stem to get rid of the sickness, spitting the material on the hair and body of an ill person; use only 1 time.
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n. sprawling herb, with erect flowering stems (collection: Gregory M. Plunkett #3237)

Example: Children take the inflorescence of this plant and use it to find and poke lizards hiding in the bush. For treatment of an unspecified spiritual sickness, chew 2, 2" pieces of the stem to get rid of the sickness, spitting the material on the hair and body of an ill person; use only 1 time.

kamkapa ramamisa

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your headache (pain)

kamkari

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n. wolf spider

kamkariamkari

Nephila pilipes https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/68390-Nephila-pilipes
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Giant Golden Orbweaver

Example: Photo by givernykate / iNaturalist, License: CC-BY-NC via inaturalist.org

kamumu

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n. 1. kind of tuber pudding baked with edible leaves (nuvas), 2. cup made from rolled young banana leaves, 3. respect, friendship, fellowship

kanapaji sei mimi

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n antenna of insect

kankapa ramamisa

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he, her, him have a headache

(Bislama) hed blo hem i so.

kaokapa ramamisa

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my headache (pain)

(Bislama) hed blo mi so.

kapapu

People use this plant for firewood
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n. tree, growing in disturbed forest/garden area. (collection: Gregory M. Plunkett #3102)

Example: People use this plant for firewood

kapɨrápɨra ~ kaprapra

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n. coconut leaf basket

karareng feimanu

To treat scabies, collect 5 whole plants, remove the soil, then boil in a bucket of water for 10-20 min and wash the scabies 2x daily for 2 weeks or until the scabies is dry.
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n. type of fern (collection: Michael J. Balick #5073)

Example: To treat scabies, collect 5 whole plants, remove the soil, then boil in a bucket of water for 10-20 min and wash the scabies 2x daily for 2 weeks or until the scabies is dry.

karkarepa

Fresh vine is collected and used to tie parts of the house together. Can drink water from stem. Fruits-seed used as necklace especially for kastom dance.
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n. type of flowering plant (collection: Michael J. Balick #5164)

Example: Fresh vine is collected and used to tie parts of the house together. Can drink water from stem. Fruits-seed used as necklace especially for kastom dance.

karuarua

Use this plant to stop the rain, take 4 tips of the plant’s branch and place them in a cross formation, with the tips pointing N, S, W, E, wash them in sea water, and then call for the rain to stop. Hang these tips in a tree with rope for five days. Stem used to weave roof rafter to attach coconut fronds to stick. Young men hunting in bush with slingshots, when run out of stones, use these young fruits to hunt birds.
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n. type of flowering plant (collection: Michael J. Balick #5143)

Example: Use this plant to stop the rain, take 4 tips of the plant’s branch and place them in a cross formation, with the tips pointing N, S, W, E, wash them in sea water, and then call for the rain to stop. Hang these tips in a tree with rope for five days. Stem used to weave roof rafter to attach coconut fronds to stick. Young men hunting in bush with slingshots, when run out of stones, use these young fruits to hunt birds.

karuarua

Use this plant to stop the rain, take 4 tips of the plant’s branch and place them in a cross formation, with the tips pointing N, S, W, E, wash them in sea water, and then call for the rain to stop. Hang these tips in a tree with rope for five days. Stem used to weave roof rafter to attach coconut fronds to stick. Young men hunting in bush with slingshots, when run out of stones, use these young fruits to hunt birds.
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n. type of flowering plant (collection: Michael J. Balick #5143)

Example: Use this plant to stop the rain, take 4 tips of the plant’s branch and place them in a cross formation, with the tips pointing N, S, W, E, wash them in sea water, and then call for the rain to stop. Hang these tips in a tree with rope for five days. Stem used to weave roof rafter to attach coconut fronds to stick. Young men hunting in bush with slingshots, when run out of stones, use these young fruits to hunt birds.

karɨmkarɨm

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kind of insect (large, sucks nectar)

kasusu

Young specimen of brown fungus. Photo by K. David Harrison, Oct. 2016
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a type of brown fungus that grows on trees

Example: Young specimen of brown fungus. Photo by K. David Harrison, Oct. 2016

katata

katata
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wooden bench

kavitnavit

Myiagra caledonica
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Broadbilled Flycatcher

kavnavini

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n. kind of plant with sticky seed pods, seeds used medicinally for many ailments, including stomach ache

kawasawas

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kind of breadfruit, similar to karuarewa but the fruits are larger and with the same small projections (described as small needles) on the outside of the fruit

Example: This variety is not good for making a canoe as the wood is too soft

kerieri

kerieri
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fan

konakutanian

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last born child

konuwak sarariman

Diagramma pictum http://fishbase.org/summary/Diagramma-pictum.html
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Painted sweetlips (male)

Example: Photo by Dr. Dwayne Meadows / NOAA, License: Public Domain via Fishes of Australia

Kopintata

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tribe name, lives at Nuwekur

kukureakurai

Lalage leucopyga
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long tailed thriller

kwanasanas

Ornamental: The tiny seeds, appearing as a powder, are used to decorate one’s face during kastom ceremonies. The plant is used when the fruit is yellow.
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n. epiphyte growing on neonauclea forsteri trunk, about 2-3 m above ground (collection: Gregory M. Plunkett #2977)

Example: Ornamental: The tiny seeds, appearing as a powder, are used to decorate one’s face during kastom ceremonies. The plant is used when the fruit is yellow.

kwaninihi

The entire plant is pulled up, the stems bound together and used to  make a local broom.
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[kwani̤ni̤] n. herb to 1 m, flowers yellow (collection: Michael J. Balick #4730)

Example: The entire plant is pulled up, the stems bound together and used to make a local broom.

kweiei

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rudder fish

kɨrkɨr

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n. kind of plant, used to make ropes

kɨrukɨru

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type of fish spearing arrow with two barbs

kɨtkɨt

kɨtkɨt
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basket, flat with two handles

lili

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n. kind of sugarcane, small, yellow in color

mai nakukua

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n. paper

maramara

maramara
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garland of plant worn on the head for decoration

maramara apusan

Tapinoma melanocephalum https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/69122-Tapinoma-melanocephalum
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Ghost Ant

Example: Photo by questagame / iNaturalist, License: CC-BY via inaturalist.org

marangmarang

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kava type

marimari

To treat indigestion, take 5 roots from 5 different plants, clean, grate into 600mL bottle of water. Drink one bottle twice daily. In Tanna, people use this plant to make rain, thunder, or to stop the rain. To make rain, take a big pile of this plant’s leaves, tie them in a bundle with a rope, and put into the sea. When the leaves start rotting, usually after one week, the rain will come.
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n. type of flowering plant (collection: Michael J. Balick #5078)

Example: To treat indigestion, take 5 roots from 5 different plants, clean, grate into 600mL bottle of water. Drink one bottle twice daily. In Tanna, people use this plant to make rain, thunder, or to stop the rain. To make rain, take a big pile of this plant’s leaves, tie them in a bundle with a rope, and put into the sea. When the leaves start rotting, usually after one week, the rain will come.

mimináu

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volcanic glass shards (Pele’s hair)

minin puka

Siganus vermiculatus http://fishbase.org/summary/Siganus-vermiculatus.html
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Vermiculated spinefoot, vermiculate rabbitfish

Example: Photo by Rick Winterbottom / FishWise Professional, License: CC BY-SA 3.0 via Fishes of Australia

namatamai

Lethrinus amboinensis http://fishbase.org/summary/Lethrinus-amboinensis.html
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Ambon emperor

Example: Photo by FAO / Fishbase, License: CC BY-NC 3.0 via Fishes of Australia

namatamai

Lethrinus semicinctus http://fishbase.org/summary/Lethrinus-semicinctus.html
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Black blotch emperor

Example: Photo by Barry Hutchins / Western Australian Museum, License: CC BY-SA 3.0 via Fishes of Australia

namatamai

Lethrinus laticaudis http://fishbase.org/summary/Lethrinus-laticaudis.html
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Grass emperor

Example: Photo by ANFC, License: CC BY-NC 3.0 via Fishes of Australia

namatamai

Lethrinus lentjan http://fishbase.org/summary/Lethrinus-lentjan.html
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Pink ear emperor

Example: Photo by FAO / Fishbase, License: CC BY-NC 3.0 via Fishes of Australia

namatamai

Lethrinus harak http://fishbase.org/summary/Lethrinus-harak.html
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Thumbprint emperor, blackspot emperor

Example: Photo by ANFC, License: CC BY-NC 3.0 via Fishes of Australia

namramiri

Fuel: Dry portions of this plant are used as firewood. Construction: The timber of this plant is used to create any part of a house. It is considered a strong wood. Hunting: Pidgeons are attracted to this plant for their fruit. As a result, hunters gather around this plant when they desire to hunt the pidgeon.
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[namrami:ri] n. tree, 3 m tall (collection: Gregory M. Plunkett #3001)

Example: Fuel: Dry portions of this plant are used as firewood. Construction: The timber of this plant is used to create any part of a house. It is considered a strong wood. Hunting: Pidgeons are attracted to this plant for their fruit. As a result, hunters gather around this plant when they desire to hunt the pidgeon.

Napanapanian

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n drought, lack of rain

napkapki

Photo by Martial Wahe
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n. tree with green sweet-smelling flowers

Example: Photo by Martial Wahe

napupu

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n. kind of tree, used in canoe construction

nekes kes

When a person sees this in flower, they know that the taro is ready for harvest. Birds like the fruit and so boys like to hunt the birds near the plant.
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n. parasite on fallen ficus branch, growing in dense forest. (collection: Gregory M. Plunkett #3136)

Example: When a person sees this in flower, they know that the taro is ready for harvest. Birds like the fruit and so boys like to hunt the birds near the plant.

nepar nepar

Fuel: Firewood Construction: Used to construct posts for houses. Tools: Wood is used to fashion handles for axes. Hunting: Wood is used to make the limbs of a bow. It is not considered the most suitable wood for this purpose.
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n. small sapling, 1.5 m tall (collection: Gregory M. Plunkett #3029)

Example: Fuel: Firewood Construction: Used to construct posts for houses. Tools: Wood is used to fashion handles for axes. Hunting: Wood is used to make the limbs of a bow. It is not considered the most suitable wood for this purpose.

newou ouhi

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small grass skirt plant

neyiagian

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n my breath

nimeiei

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n. fern used as chicken feed

nkirkiri

nkirkiri
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blue coral

nokekeien

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v. to love

nororipen

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n. kind of vine

noufoua

1. The bole of this tree is used to make end posts for cyclone houses (kuipé). It is considered a strong and special wood for this purpose. 2. Stems are used as a traditional digging stick (kaker) when planting taro or kava. A smaller stick is used for the latter. 3. The wood from this tree can be used to make long-lasting fence posts.
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n. terrestrial tree, growing in dense cloud forest. flowers white to yellow (collection: Gregory M. Plunkett #4214)

Example: 1. The bole of this tree is used to make end posts for cyclone houses (kuipé). It is considered a strong and special wood for this purpose. 2. Stems are used as a traditional digging stick (kaker) when planting taro or kava. A smaller stick is used for the latter. 3. The wood from this tree can be used to make long-lasting fence posts.

nua popo

When a person is stung by a jellyfish, take 5-6 leaves and whip the sore for 5-10 minutes and this will reduce the soreness of the wound.
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n. type of flowering plant (collection: Michael J. Balick #5158)

Example: When a person is stung by a jellyfish, take 5-6 leaves and whip the sore for 5-10 minutes and this will reduce the soreness of the wound.

nuapupu

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n. kind of beach vine

nuksuka

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n. kind of yam, sweet, edible, white color

nukuk

Davallia sessilifolia
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n. epiphyte. (collection: Tom A. Ranker #2620)

nuvivi nig

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n. wild cane leaf stem

nɨkava mɨsinsinier

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n. kind of kava with variegated leaves

nɨkoko

Stem used to make canoe. Easy to cut.
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n. type of flowering plant (collection: Michael J. Balick #5077)

Example: Stem used to make canoe. Easy to cut.

nɨkukua

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book

Nɨpari kwarwaterei

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n boulder

nɨpunɨpun

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[nɨpunpun] n. spider web

nɨserserien

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n. luminescent fungi or algae; something bright, sparkling like the lights of the city

pagaivii amramera sarapiran

Cheilinus undulatus http://fishbase.org/summary/Cheilinus-undulatus.html
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Humphead wrasse (female)

Example: Photo by Anne Hoggett / Lizard Island Research Station, License: CC BY-SA 3.0 via Fishes of Australia

pagaivii phisir sarariman

Cheilinus trilobatus http://fishbase.org/summary/Cheilinus-trilobatus.html
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Tripletail wrasse (male)

Example: Photo by John Turnbull, License: CC BY-SA 3.0 via Fishes of Australia

paupauk

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butterfly

pawpawuk

Papilio fuscus https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/496560-Papilio-fuscus
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Fuscous Swallowtail

Example: Photo by obinfiji / iNaturalist, License: CC-BY-NC via inaturalist.org

pawpawuk

Lampides boeticus https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/121993-Lampides-boeticus
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Pea Blue

Example: Photo by obinfiji / iNaturalist, License: CC-BY-NC via inaturalist.org

pawpawuk

Hypolimnas antilope https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/199968-Hypolimnas-antilope
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Spotted Crow Eggfly

Example: Photo by birdexplorers / iNaturalist, License: CC-BY-NC via inaturalist.org

pepher pitew sarariman

Plectorhinchus picus http://fishbase.org/summary/Plectorhinchus-picus.html
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Painted sweelip, dotted sweetlips (male)

Example: Photo by John Turnbull, License: CC BY-SA 3.0 via Fishes of Australia

pirei pirei

Used in an unspecified way for pregnant women to ensure the baby to grow well. Used in an unspecified way to control the weather.
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n. herb growing along stream in open forest heavily impacted by cyclone. flowers blue. (collection: Gregory M. Plunkett #3254)

Example: Used in an unspecified way for pregnant women to ensure the baby to grow well. Used in an unspecified way to control the weather.

rararouk

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n high tide

rerenakuang

Children are said to chew the branches of this plant to give them a "bigger (stronger) voice.
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n. herb growing on roadside along coast road. flowers yellow. (collection: Gregory M. Plunkett #3166)

Example: Children are said to chew the branches of this plant to give them a "bigger (stronger) voice.

taopir-taopir

Children shoot the small hard seeds through a bamboo tube at lizards and butterflies, as a sort of game.
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n. herb, 2 m tall (collection: Gregory M. Plunkett #3250)

Example: Children shoot the small hard seeds through a bamboo tube at lizards and butterflies, as a sort of game.

taparwarewa-ia-nirak

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n my lung

tataua

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sawfish

tautau

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n. small flying fox

Trarahi

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give birth to someone

tui-tui

The leaves of this plant are used to cover the hot stone ovens when cooking lap-lap. The ripe fruit is used to burn as a lap. Take the seeds, impale on the fiber in the middle of a coconut leaf pinnae and light, holding the slender stick and lighting a person’s way.
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[twitwi] n. shrub, 2-3 m tall (collection: Gregory M. Plunkett #3085)

Example: The leaves of this plant are used to cover the hot stone ovens when cooking lap-lap. The ripe fruit is used to burn as a lap. Take the seeds, impale on the fiber in the middle of a coconut leaf pinnae and light, holding the slender stick and lighting a person’s way.

tuitui

Take a coconut leaf, take out the midribs so it becomes a sharp spine, impale the seeds on this, and light them for use as a torch. Leaf used to cover earth oven, and can be put between the stones and the wrapped cooking leaves in order to keep the food clean. Children play with the seeds as marbles
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n. type of flowering plant (collection: Michael J. Balick #5090)

Example: Take a coconut leaf, take out the midribs so it becomes a sharp spine, impale the seeds on this, and light them for use as a torch. Leaf used to cover earth oven, and can be put between the stones and the wrapped cooking leaves in order to keep the food clean. Children play with the seeds as marbles

tupuk ramamisa

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I feel pain in my belly

(Bislama) bel blo mi so

tupum ramamisa

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your belly pain

Yapkapen

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Yapkapin

Yapkapin
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Yapkapin village, home of Nawasu tribe