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aalohi

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

adaau

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

alodahi hugadoo

everything, everybody, each and every

aloha ai

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verb love intensely

anumanga

noun dancing party

ataula

noun anchor rope

baabaasi

noun a fishing method (angling with the side of a flying fish as bait)

balaulau

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adjective ugly

dagelo

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bottom, foundation

daina ahine

noun sisters

dalea

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adjective tired

damadaane

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noun son

dangada hai valaai

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noun shaman; someone who does traditional medicine

dolu laangi

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noun Wednesday

doluu

pronoun your (plural; for singular noun)

duaanui

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noun broom

duai

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noun bench fitted with a tool to grate coconuts

duai

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old

dugu

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verb put

gaago

noun chicken

gabaea

to hang oneself

galaahu

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noun cheek

gamedi vai salo

a type of bowl

gelu haiusu

unicorn fish

giliisi

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noun fat

golee bukaliaa

golee bukaliaa
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noun Indian mulberry, cheese fruit (seeds)

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goobai

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noun hat

gu madagu

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verb frighten

gu vela

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adjective burned

haa

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number four

hadu

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noun stone, rock

hagadaemaha

put weight on, make unhappy.

hagahoa

noun a boil on the body

hagamuni

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hide

hagatale ange

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verb try

hai maa

relationship of spouse’s sibling to sibling’s spouse

hai mada dabu

an avoidance relationship between kin

hai me magua

sort of steal

hale hongelegele

noun toilet

hanngoda dua agau

fishing beyond the reef (on the seaward side of the atoll).

hano ahe

echo

hano ge

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verb leave

haonga

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noun hole

hegahega

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lung

honu baabaa

fill to the brim

honu de maasina

noun full moon

huaa bodu

noun family

huadia

fishing pole

ivi laanui

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backbone

laagau mmasa

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noun dry wood

laohie

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noun drought; dry weather

laso

the posterior portion of the hermit crab

lava

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verb finish

lava

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rich

lodo baubau

adjective angry

lodo llidi

a well-dressed man (always wanting to llidi)

lui

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verb turn (something in a direction); change course. For long objects

luu golee

noun testicles

maailele

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verb die

mada

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raw

madaanga hulu maa siva

number nineteen

madalima

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number fifty

magau baubau

die in agony (owing to having led a bad life)

malama

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noun month

malangilangi

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adjective happy

malemo

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verb drown

mango

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noun shark

maomao

more and more; diminshing rainfall

mee hagaangiangi

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noun fan

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mee mmala

noun gallbladder

molomolo

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adjective round, clear in outline

ngadala

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noun grouper

ngalue de gauvae

dislocated jaw

ngavalivali

adjective repeatedly ngavali (as a diving board in use)

ngudu ai

act as an interpreter

nngao dalinga

hurting in the ears from noise

oga

to husk (a coconut) with a sharp stick

omaadeu

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

paibu

noun pipe

pala de langi

verb rain

po

verb touch

sangatai

mollusk, Spondylus

seene malili

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noun coins

siisii

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noun fishing pole

silisili

adjective stopped, ended

somo

verb grow, develop; coconut apple

ssuanga

stained in one place

ssuilebelebe

completely wet all over

sugulu

noun school

taadeu

pronoun our (plural, inclusive; for singular noun)

tangada agoago

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noun teacher

taumaha

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noun church

tea age laangi

noun dawn

tolu-laangi

Wednesday (’third day’)

tuli

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knee

tuu mugamuga

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buttocks

uaua

vein, tendon, nerve, plastic filament

uliuli

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adjective black

vaivaidagodo

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adjective. evil, unscrupulous, immoral

vasu

like