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aalali

noun a type of coral which grows on the lagoon bottom

ada

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noun picture; movie

adu modu

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noun atoll (group of islets)

aga

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noun root

ala galigi

noun a method of mat making

aladoidoi

noun iron (a piece of)

angaanga

noun body

bado

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noun duck

badu

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verb kick

bagkau

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noun wing

baleao

noun fish sp., milkfish

biini

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noun pen

daalinga

noun an area near the flowering part of a coconut tree (where birds perch)

daane

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noun, adjective man; male

dada age

verb raise (a flag)

dahi seene

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noun penny

dahulinga

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custom, habit

dai

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noun lagoon, sea, salt

daina

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noun brother, sister, sibling, cousin

de mee nei

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this one

dee nei

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noun this

dehee

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which

dolo mea

noun spiny starfish

dubuna haahine

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noun grandmothers

dudu

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verb burn (transitive)

duu malaelae

an open field having no trees

duudae goede

noun the inky excretion of the octopus

duugunga o de henua

customs of Nukuoro atoll

eba

a sleeping mat (child’s)

gabola

flatten out something mushy

gadigadi

verb have itch

gai

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verb eat (transitive)

gaime

verb eat (intransitive)

galavalava

the grains in the trunk of wood of the coconut tree which are hard, dark, and sharp

gangong

noun plant species whose leaf is used for cooking

gasogaso

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adjective narrow (skirts, fabric, road)

giliisi

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noun fat

googoo

noun dark images, shadows in the darkness

haale

verb adopt, raise (a child)

hagadabena ina

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verb separated, be

hagaditidi mai de moni

a canoe going so fast it rides high in water (and is planing)

hagahoa

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noun a boil on the body

hagalongo

verb hear, listen

hagavvela

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verb hot, be

hai me

industrious

hala dudu

a noise like that of burning pandanus (loud crackling)

hatinga

noun crook of the knee or elbow

henua gelegele

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atoll (literally, sand island)

hieunu

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verb thirsty, be

huuhuaa mee

sorcery (made with chants)

kadi

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verb bite

kii ange tanuaa

verb to make something better; to better

lalo de ahinga

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noun armpit

laohie

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noun drought; dry weather

laulau

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noun serving dish basket made from coconut palm

llidi

dress up (esp. in new or very fancy clothes)

llua laangi

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noun Tuesday

lodo danuaa ~ lotanuaa

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adjective happy

loi mada

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noun teardrop

lou

a pole with a hook at the end, used to pick breadfruit; pick breadfruit; pull down

luu adaadeu

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pronoun our (plural, inclusive; for dual, alienable noun)

luu amaadeu

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pronoun our (plural, exclusive; for dual, alienable noun)

luu amaau

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pronoun our (dual, exclusive; for dual, alienable noun)

luu meenaa

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those things by you (dual)

luu odaadeu

pronoun our (plural, inclusive; for dual, inalienable noun)

magalili

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verb, adjective feel cold, shivering (from cold); flow (of tide)

magini

a sudden pain while moving the body (as with a pinched nerve, or a muscle spasm); a sound like that made by snapping one’s fingers

malamala

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noun small bits of things (e.g. sawdust)

malo gahu

noun collared shirt

manadu

verb think

manu-lalo-de-gelegele

mantis shrimp

me bouli

the deepest part of the lagoon

me duu

clitoris

milosanga

the way in which a current flows

moolau

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verb hurry

mouli danuaa

easy living, a good life

mudumudu

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adjective slow moving (while working), slow acting, slow thinking

ngago gaago

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noun chicken egg

odea

noon, midday

oga

to husk (a coconut) with a sharp stick

seeha dee na?

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what is that?

siba

verb to move to one side (involuntarily) while walking

solo

to grate or file something; to launch or beach a canoe by dragging it along the shore; a type of prepared food made from grated taro

sou

a gust of wind

sugi

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tail

sugulu

noun school

suisui

become wet

taa malo

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verb wash clothes

tagi

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noun chief

taina aahine

noun sister

taina ahine odogu bodu

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noun sister-in-law

tamana

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noun father (formal)

tangada hagaai

poor fellow!

tangada hai sauaa

magician, sorcerer

te langi

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noun sky

tilo

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verb see, watch, find, seek out

udua

promontory, peninsula

uli

adjective black

valea

moldy; to have been in place for a long time

vinivini

noun wrinkle (fabric)