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adu hale

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noun village, compound (aggregation of houses)

agiagi

noun bird sp., fairy tern (Gygis alba)

ahi

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noun fire

aovaa

noun hour

baagea

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adjective weak

balangi

noun fish sp., tang

bedi

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adjective fat

boo danuaa

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good night

daagelo

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noun February

dae

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intestines

dala

noun appendage, fin, spine

damadaane

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noun son

damana

noun father (formal)

danga loa

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noun worm

dangaloa

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earthworm

dehee

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which

didi

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grass skirt

dubuna

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noun grandparents; ancestors

duu lellele

noun apodous sea cucumber

duu-mmea

sea cucumber species

gaaginga

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noun ladder

gaanuunu

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bosom/breast

ganae oo

threadfin fish

gano dea

the soft wood just under the bark of a tree

gava

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noun black bird species (eats lizards and fish)

geu de madangi

a change of wind

golee

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noun seed

goolo

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noun gold

gu mmasa

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adjective dried

gu vela

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adjective burned

haaele sala

verb spoil (children), bring up (children) badly

haame / huame

noun coconut, green

hadi bodo

noun breaking of waves at short intervals

hadu golaa

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noun sharpening tool

Hadu lehu

the name of a ghost in Nukuoro legend

hagalueia

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vomit

hagao baubau

low wages, low-priced

hagausiusi

verb becoming darker (of sky or clouds)

hai de hilihili

verb hold an election

hai soa

friendship

haiva dee agona

sexual activity; ’the activity which is not taught’

hano ge

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verb leave

huaa bodu

noun family

huaa gulu

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noun breadfruit

hudaa moni

noun a fleet of canoes

i de boo

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at night

ili

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verb blow

laaga

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noun November

laangai buusagi

a type of fishing condition in which the sea is boiling with jumping tuna, which are biting at anything

langa

verb weave

langi maadolu

noun heavy rain

leva

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noun river

lili

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adjective mad at, angry

llanea

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adjective plenty; a lot, many

lodobaubau

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adjective sad

lolo

oil

luu aagu

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pronoun my (for dual, alienable noun)

luu oo

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pronoun your (singular; for dual, inalienable noun)

maadau

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hook, fishhook

maamaanu

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

madaanga hulu maa siva

number nineteen

madalua maa lima

number twenty five

madangi

noun air

madangi

noun storm

mahi

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powerful

mai moni

a type of fishhook (made from pearl shell)

maingaa

miss, feel the loss of, or the uselessness of, something of great value

malili de biho

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adjective balding

manuhi

noun hemorrhage

maomao

more and more; diminshing rainfall

mee hagaangiangi

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noun fan

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mmili

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verb to grate

modo

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adjective unripe

moenga

bedclothes, bedding; a place for sleeping

moomoa-ganoanga

boxfish (yellow)

mouli danuaa

easy living, a good life

neveneve

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noun spider

ngadi ngavesi

an empty box

ngudu lagolago

lie (tell a falsehood)

saesaele

verb to wander around continually (doing so at present and likely to be doing so in the future)

samouli

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noun Nukuoro deity

saniba

silversides

siili

a stick used in a children’s game

sinaina

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verb having white hair

somo haahine

a fleshy (non-muscular) man

ssala

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verb find

ssomo

suck one’s finger

ssunu

suck, smoke (cigarettes)

sumu ina

to make diamond-shaped designs in plaiting, or lashing

tahi-laangi

noun Monday (’first day’)

taina daane odogu damana

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noun paternal uncle

talinga

noun ear

tamana odogu damana

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noun paternal grandfather

tangada agoago

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noun teacher

tangada mange

now you’ve done it!

tangada ssele

stupid ass!

too gee

clumsy, unskillful, awkward (not dexterous)

uliuli

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adjective black

useahi

smoke, steam

valaai tao

dye