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aalohi

noun the portion of the atoll lagoon just lagoonward of the fringing reef

aduhenua

group of islands or atolls.

adumodu

atoll.

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noun reef (the portion which is sometimes under water)

ala galigi

noun a method of mat making

alo maliae

noun coconut meat (fully mature) of good quality for eating

angaanga mada nia

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fingernail

balu daaea

noun fish sp.

bodobodo

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adjective short

buu ili

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noun type of shell (Triton’s trumpet)

daalonga

noun a wound on the body

daamada

daguina

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verb say (a word)

dama

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noun children

danuaa

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hi, hello

dolo mea

noun spiny starfish

dubuna daane

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noun grandfathers

duuduu manu

a diving plaform made from a tree stuck in a coral head

duulanga

noun the sector from which the wind blows; the place of, the track of

gaadinga hagaangiangi

copra dried in the wind (not in the sun or in an oven)

gabugabu

shore

gai

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verb eat (transitive)

gau de henua

natives

gobai

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noun hat

goloa

noun groceries, supplies

gubenga

large net for fishing

haanau

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verb born, be

hadu golaa

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noun sharpening tool

hadu manava

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noun heart

hagaaduadu dangada

critical of others

hagabini

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noun cockroach

hagadubu hue vini

the name of a certain type of string figure

hagadungu

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verb sniff, smell

hagaduu ngavesi

make boxes

hagamanomano

make many thousands

hagammabu

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verb die (euphemistic); take a break

hagao gi daha

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verb sell

hale daumaha

noun church

hano ge

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verb leave

hau biho

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noun crown

heohi

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adjective correct; right

hhali lo te laagau

a depression in a log (an abnormal growth)

hie unu

thirsty

honu

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noun turtle

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

hulo saaele

verb wander around

humai

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verb come

ilihia ssave

the submerging of flying fish below the surface of the water (making them difficult to net)

ilo

noun worm

kati

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verb to bite

laanningi

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noun sleeveless shirt

lagolago

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adjective plenty; a lot, many

laho

aerial foot of the pandanus tree

lodo

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verb (transitive; takes noun or sentence) need; want; like

lua laangi

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noun Tuesday

luu meelaa

those ones over there (dual)

maadau

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hook, fishhook

maadua

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noun parents

maaidigi

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noun August

mada gaanunu

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noun nipple

madaangahulu maa siva

number nineteen

madalua maa valu

number twenty eight

makaga

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adjective hard

malaungudu

noun lip, lips

malianoono

lizard fish

malili

noun fish sp.: goatfish

malinolino ~ malimalino

verb becoming more and more calm (of weather)

mammami

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adjective delicious (general)

manumanu

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noun insect sp.

maoha

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verb break (intransitive)

masae

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verb (intransitive) to tear (fabric, paper)

masavaa de gauligi

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childhood

massagalala

noun burned (food)

menemene

noun male genital organ

muna pada

harsh words

ngau

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verb chew

oda

eat something raw

oha

break, break up, destroy; damage, ruin

omaau

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

pensele

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noun pencil

sahudu

sea bass

sangatai

mollusk, Spondylus

sao

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verb escape

sauaa

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noun magic

seene malili

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noun coins

seni

verb sleep (sing.)

Example: Au nogo seni anaboo. (I slept all night.)

tala

rough in texture (as perceived at one time)

tamadaane

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noun boy

tangada madua

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noun old person

tilo buna

tilo buna

noun young coconut tree (bearing no fruit or its first fruit)

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

tinana o dogu bodu

noun mother-in-law

tuu

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verb (transitive) cut

ua

noun neck

ula

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verb burn (transitive)

umiumidi

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verb like (someone or something), feel affection for

unuunu

nurse (at the breast)

usuahi

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noun smoke

vai

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adjective watery, bad - (when followed by another word)

vange de hagaboo

verb give greetings

veli

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noun sea urchin