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aalali

noun a type of coral which grows on the lagoon bottom

aalanga

noun member (of the body, a house, etc.)

abodonu

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kind

anga dogi

noun mollusk sp., Cerithiidae

angaanga mada nia

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fingernail

beagi

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noun bag

beau

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noun wave, the surf

biigi laanui

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noun boar

boose

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noun boat

bua moe

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noun virgin

daahili

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noun song

dadaage

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verb raise (a flag)

dae

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noun hand net

daiao

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tomorrow

dalaa

noun (small) piece of, part of

dalo

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noun soft taro

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dao

noun spear, branch of

daohi

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verb hold

de eu

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shoulder

dee hagaloongaa

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be quiet

degide

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adjective blind

demeenaa

that one where you are

denga mee laa

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those ones over there (plural)

doa

noun giant

gabola

flatten out something mushy

gadigadi

verb have itch

gapese

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

gava dea

reef heron - white phase

gudu gaadu

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noun dog flea

gulu

gulu
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noun breadfruit tree

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 06/11/15

gumigumi

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chin

hadu hagamogomogo

noun gem

hagaalongaa

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verb to be quiet

hagaeueu

verb a shrugging movement of the shoulders

hagaganimua

verb to treat as an eldest child

hagahala

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noun sleeping mat

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hagamanavasaa

risky, dangerous

hagao baubau

low wages, low-priced

hagasaaele

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verb think

hagasele age

verb make up one’s mind; lift up (in a steady motion)

hai de hilihili

verb hold an election

haiva dee agona

sexual activity; ’the activity which is not taught’

hale gaugau

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noun bath house

halihalibaa

noun flatfish

haonga lalo de henua

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noun cave

huaa bodu

noun family

ivi gaogao

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rib

kau

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verb swim

laaga

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noun November

laagau

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noun wood

lahie

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noun (fire)wood

lai

noun forehead

lalo de vae

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heel

langa

verb weave

lau daala buni

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noun hundred dollar bill

leu

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adjective ripe; the yellow color of softness of fruit (indicating ripeness)

lima

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number five

llanga

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verb weave

lodo gaiaa

competitive, envious, desious of retaliating

lou

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

luduludu

trembling

luu adaau

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

maahuge

verb open (intransitive, pl.)

Example: Denga abaaba gu maahuge. (The doors are open.)

maamaanu

remain stationary in the air (like a bird or a helicopter)

madaanga hulu maa lua

number twelve

madalama

noun tip of coconut palm leaf

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noun January; small dipper

mae de biho

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noun headache

mahamaha

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adjective beautiful

mai

verb arrive

mangunngungu

adjective the sound of something being chewed

manumanuhi

adjective frequently manuhi

masavaa

noun time

mmae

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noun pain

moahulu

goatfish

modumodu

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adjective broken in many places (like string), easily broken (like rope)

moso

noun black bird species (eats fruit)

niho vainu

milk teeth, deciduous teeth

obeobea

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adjective having many eyes (of the taro corm)

odaau

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

oo

pronoun your (singular; for plural, inalienable noun)

oou

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yes

pelaani

verb fry

saelea

verb walked upon

salaa

flying fish

sali

verb begin to flow (e.g. turning on a faucet)

sali dodo

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verb bleed

solo

verb grate, make into small pieces

ssele i de niho

damn it!

sseu

push violently

ssui

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adjective wet

taane sauaa

shark (euphemism)

tainadaane o dogu bodu

noun brother in law

tangada sinaa ina

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noun gray-haired person

uhi daguu

turtle ribs, used as knives in rituals

uli

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

unumanga

drinking party

vaaligi

adjective small (for plural noun)

vasu

like

veli

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noun sea urchin