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aboabongi

adjective easily capsizable

ada

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noun picture; movie

ahiahi danuaa

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good evening

alodahi hugadoo

everything, everybody, each and every

alohaha

noun throat (of fish only)

aso

noun fish sp., white tip shark

badu

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verb kick

baeao

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noun coconut husk

bali

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noun youngest leaf of a coconut palm

bua moe

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noun virgin

bule dango

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button

buluu

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adjective blue

buu

noun bladder, balloon, ball; the head of the octopus; a net on a long handle; a conch shell trumpet; or any other round, hollow, inflatable object

buulei

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noun ring

dada age

verb raise (a flag)

dagalonga

noun path, route

dahi ange

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adjective another

daina daane

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noun brothers

de ahiahi danua

good evening

de mee nei

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this one

dee gide

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blind

diba

noun portion, share, part, fraction

gaange

verb give

gaavange

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verb give

gaba de ahiahi

early evening, late in the afternoon.

gannui

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noun meat inside a young green coconut

gidaadeu

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pronoun we (plural, inclusive)

gilaadeu

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pronoun they (plural)

gili sau

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verb undress

gobai

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noun hat

goloa hebagi

noun arms (tools of war)

gu mmasa

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adjective dried

guumanga

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noun arithmetic

haaede

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verb measure

haaligi

verb wrap from under, wrap around; to wrap something (e.g., a present)

haangai

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verb feed

hagadaga age

improving

hagagudu

verb cause to have lice (by transfer)

hagamade

verb do as hard as fast as possible

hagammidi

noun suction of a sea current, undertow.

hagassui

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verb urinate (piss)

hagausi

darkening of the sky or clouds (a sign of impending rain)

haimee baubau

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verb sexual intercourse; fornication

hakaa

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verb sharpen

hakai

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noun earring

hale

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noun house, houses

hano gi de maalama

transfiguration of ghosts or spirits into human form

hedogi

noun the sound of tapping

henua

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noun island, land

hiie unu

verb thirsty, be

hohonga

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noun nest

honu baabaa

fill to the brim

hoonu de maasina

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noun full moon

husi

taro bag, swamp

kau

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verb swim

laho

aerial foot of the pandanus tree

lama

a dry coconut leaf

laumanu

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noun leaf

leu

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

llibo

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adjective, verb drunk, get drunk (pl.)

loa mea

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noun red ant

lodo baba

calmness, tranquility, freedom from worries

longohio

verb feel

luduludu

trembling

luu agu

pronoun my (for dual, alienable noun)

luu ana

pronoun his/her (for dual, alienable noun)

luu duu de maduu

social strata (two) of traditional Nukuoro society

mada

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raw

malamalama

adjective sparkly; glittery

manadu

verb think

mangungungungu

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adjective the sound of something being chewed

manu dolodolo

noun animal (doesn’t include people)

manuhi

noun hemorrhage

massiva

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number ninety

me bouli

the deepest part of the lagoon

me hagasili

a plant which is allowed to grow extra large (for some reason)

mmala

bitter; sour; unlucky

modomodo

modomodo
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noun stage between a young green coconut and a mature brown coconut

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moe danuaa

die in piece

mounuunu

verb easily mounu

musumusu

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verb whisper

ngae

mollusk

ngago

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brain

oda

eat something raw

odaau

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

onge

famine

sali dodo

bleed

saniba

silversides

sebu

adj seen on the surface of the sea from time to time

sigale

scull (a boat)

sio

waterspout (esp. the air causing it); whirlwind

ssege tama

miscarriage

ssoi

to foretell a death by words or actions (which cause death)

tama

noun child

tangaho

noun liver

taula (o de me holu)

noun bowstring (string of the bow)

tinana

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noun mother (formal)

ula de gili

inflammation; red in the face; sunburned

umidi

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adjective hungry for fish or meat

vasu ai

like it