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adu henua

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noun group of islands

agoago

noun taro fibers

ahangi

noun lagoon

atangada

noun generation, age set

baagea

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adjective weak

beagi

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noun bag

bolobolo

bolobolo
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noun long boat-like basket made from coconut palm

boose

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noun boat

bugaliaa

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noun Indian mulberry tree; Morinda citrifolia L.

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 2015

daangahulu dala buni

ten dollar bill

dago

noun ritual activites, religious activities

dahola

verb fish, hunt (at night)

dala

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verb unfasten, undo, untie

dangada

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noun people

dau

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pronoun your (singular; for singular, alienable noun)

deai se laangi

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never

dehine ga haibodu

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noun bride

dolu llau

number three hundred

doo

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pronoun your (singular; for singular, inalienable noun)

doo ade

a joking expression; literally, ’your liver!’

doodou

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pronoun your (plural; for singular noun)

dua nnui

noun violence; a type of rope

duaa nui

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noun hard middle ridge of the coconut palm leaf

dubuna haahine

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noun grandmothers

dudu

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verb burn (transitive)

duu mmea

sea cucumber species

duu mugamuga

half of an unripe coconut; buttock

duu-mmea

sea cucumber species

gaaginga

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noun ladder

gai de henua

native food (not imported)

gaimee taiao

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verb have breakfast

ganae

mullet

giili

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skin

gubulima

noun wrist

haangoda de agau

noun a method of fishing (with a line on the reef)

hadu

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noun stone, rock

hadu golaa

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noun volcanic stone from Pohnpei used to pound sakau

hagadabeina

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verb prepared, be

hagadabu

verb restrict

hagadeegide

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verb be blind

hagadiinonga

verb treat as having supernatural power

hagadodi

verb walk with a limp (permanently)

hagahala

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noun sleeping mat

hagahaunu

verb cause to drink alcoholic beverages

hagalloba ange

verb to slacken the boom sheet (of a sailing canoe).

hagamogomogo

take special care of, cherish

hai sogosogo

verb masturbate

haidama

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adjective pregnant

haonga

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noun hole

hatahata

noun chest (body part)

hua daahili

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verb sing a song

hudaa moni

noun a fleet of canoes

huge

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verb open (transitive)

i dai nei

Mortlock Islands

i de boo

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at night

kaba donu

wait!

laangi adu laa

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noun day after tomorrow

langa de moana

becoming stormy (of the sea)

laso

the posterior portion of the hermit crab

lau ngago

noun the fatty tissue of a fish or animal

lehu

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noun lime

lele tuli

childbirth

lima sisi

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noun little finger

llau mano

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hundred thousands

lohaloha

verb measure off in fathoms

luu adaadeu

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

maakau

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verb die (plural subj.)

maasei

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adjective small

madaangahulu maa haa

number fourteen

made

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verb look at in an effort to identify or recognize

mahi

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powerful

mahuge

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verb open (intransitive, sing.)

Example: De abaaba gu mahuge. (The door is open.)

malibi

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fast

mammami

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adjective delicious (general)

manu-solo-maanu

jellyfish-like animal in the shape of a flower that burrows into the sand when touched

maoli

a suspicion which proves to be true

mee

noun thing

moenga

bedclothes, bedding; a place for sleeping

ngaangaalu

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hair

ngago

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brain

ngalue ange

increase

nnamu

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adjective filthy with food (i.e., hands after eating)

noho

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verb sit

omada

noun eye region (including eyes, eyelids, eyebrows)

paibu

noun pipe

sabiningaa lau

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noun rolls of softened pandanus leaf

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

salaa

flying fish

sanga

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fornicate, have sexual intercourse

taina ahine

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noun sister

tainadaane

noun brother

tamaahine o dogu bodu

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noun daughter-in-law

tangada aduhale

the sort of person who feels at home everywhere and is continually visiting (considered uncouth)

tangada hai sauaa

magician, sorcerer

taogubu

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noun waist

tua

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back

uhi daguu

turtle ribs, used as knives in rituals

umidi

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adjective hungry for fish or meat

vasega

apprehensive, nervous, anxious (in social contexts)

veelenga

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noun garden

vilidogi

catterbox, a person who speaks fast