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when

aloha

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love

aneane

noun the physical desire of a member of the opposite sex

ango

noun pearl

baabaa tugi lau

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noun log on which the pandanus leaf is smashed

badii

noun fish sp., scad?

baluu

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noun coconut crab

bao

noun room, compartment

basa ange

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verb answer; talk to

bosu

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adjective full (after eating)

buliaamu

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adjective sad

buuganga

noun a trip for a festive or recreational purpose

daahaa modomodo

daahaa modomodo
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noun third stage of a green coconut

dae

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noun guts, intestines, buttocks

dai

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noun lagoon, sea, salt

dangaloa

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earthworm

dee laa

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over there

denga meelaa

those ones over there (plural)

dibadiba

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adjective unstable; rocking, as a boat

doa agalala

very big giant

dogi hakolona

noun adze with a curved blade of the Terebra shell

dogi hoda

noun a heavy adze, used for hollowing out logs and the like

duu-o-de-hine

noun anything sticky which pulls apart like jelly, as certain kinds of sea cucumbers etc.

gaa, ula

verb burn (intransitive)

gaadu

verb give (colloquial)

gapese

a method of pole fishing at night (on the seaward reef)

geegeno

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noun crocodile

gelu haiusu

unicorn fish

gilaadeu

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pronoun they (plural)

hada

shelf, platform, raft, floor (of planks); car: a clam nursery, men’s house

hadu tugi lau

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noun stone on which the pandanus leaf is smashed

hagahana iho

record for a little while

hagamogomgo

cause to be muscular

haiva dee agona

sexual activity; ’the activity which is not taught’

hanu mee

noun secret friend of the opposite sex

hhanga

split open, open up, or separate, all at once.

hhoda

gasp for breath

hine

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noun female; woman

hua bugaliaa

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noun Indian mulberry, cheese fruit (fruit); used to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 2015

hudaa lolo

flood-like waves on the reef; tidal wave

huna me

a habitual thief

ilo

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noun worm

ina gi hale

noun a row of thatch

inau

to look for coconut crabs at night

kano

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noun penis

kati

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verb to bite

kii ange tanuaa

verb to make something better; to better

laangi dabu

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noun Sunday

leia togo mouli

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hiccup (hiccough)

limasisi

noun pinky finger

llau mano

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hundred thousands

maatala

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adjective easily unfastened or untied

madaanga hulu

number ten

madaangahulu seene

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noun dime

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

mahedua

sneeze

malili

noun fish sp.: goatfish

mammami

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adjective delicious (general)

massogosogo

verb go or do by oneself; a one-man canoe

molimoli

to carry things repeatedly / in multiple trips from one place to another

moolau

verb hurry

mudimudi

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verb walk stealthily in a crouch

muli lele

the rear tip of the turtle shell

ngadi hanonga

a useless journey

ngago

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noun brain

ngungu

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verb chew, masticate (foods that make noise)

niho

teeth

niho vainu

milk teeth, deciduous teeth

obea

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verb to have an eye (of a taro corm)

sae de hadu

make a grater (by punching holes in sheet metal)

sangatai

mollusk, Spondylus

saohia

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adjective free

senga

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drunk

senga

crazy; dumb, foolish, ignorant; senseless, drunk

ssali

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verb drip (liquid)

ssunu

suck, smoke (cigarettes)

sua bagu

a stain which has left a dry residue

sumu ina

to make diamond-shaped designs in plaiting, or lashing

sussunubega

wrasse (fish)

tabuvae

noun toe

taigaa

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noun tiger

tama legalega

infant

taumee

taumee

noun bud of the coconut palm

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 06/16/15

tea

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adjective white

tea age langi

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noun dawn

tegi

adjective around (sexually); tickled (esp. sexually)

tibitibi

tibitibi

noun ball woven from coconut palm, used for sport

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 06/10/15

tinana odogu damana

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noun paternal grandmother

tolu-laangi

Wednesday (’third day’)

tubuna daane

noun grandfather

tuugili

noun goosebumps

uli

adjective dark (in color), blackened; covered with (people, flies, etc.)

uludino

shed skin (as reptiles do)

ulumoni

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noun dolphin

unga

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noun hermit crab

usu

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nose

vaaligiligi

adjective small (for a vast plural noun; used with dengaa)

vai

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noun liquid, water

vaii

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noun water

vasu ai

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