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ahiahi gohu

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noun dawn

aloha

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love

alohaha

noun throat (of fish only)

au

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pronoun I, me

baalasi

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verb press

babu daaea

noun fish sp., snapper

bagu

noun scab, crust

bali

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noun youngest leaf of a coconut palm

balu malau

noun fish sp.

banunu

banunu

noun hanging basket made from coconut palm

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basa ange

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verb answer; talk to

bela

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noun mud

biigi laanui

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noun boar

bua leu

noun ovaries and fallopian tubes

buliaamu

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adjective sad

daadaa

noun sibling (mostly children’s talk)

dagua

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noun tuna

dahi ange

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adjective another

dahulinga

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custom, habit

danga loa

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noun worm

dangada

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noun people

daogave

noun a type of coconut tree

de hine ga haibodu

noun bride

dee gide

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blind

deebele

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noun tables

dibononi

noun the youngest child of a couple

dinana

noun mother (formal)

doo gaiaa

ambush; attack by surprise or stealth

duai

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noun bench fitted with a tool to grate coconuts

gaaginga

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noun ladder

gaga

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noun dry brown husk from the branches of the coconut palm

gai ina

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verb eat this

galaahu

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noun cheek

gangong

noun plant species whose leaf is used for cooking

gauanga

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noun thigh

gubu daahili

verse of a song

gubuvae

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noun ankle

Hadu-lehu

the name of a ghost in Nukuoro legend.

hagadaga age

improving

hagadau doolohi

chase each other

hagadau iloo

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verb know each other

hagalanu

rinse off salt from the body (with freshwater)

hagamoolau

hurry, rush.

hagangadinei

adjective mean; inconsiderate

hagaodea

the time at which it is midday

hagasaalunga

noun spirit, soul

hagassui, hang gainga, hagamamane

urinate (piss)

hagatanga

adjective funny, silly

hagausenga

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noun cloud

hai

verb do

hai me magua

sort of steal

hakai

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noun earring

henua moounga

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noun land with mountains (e.g. Pohnpei, United States)

hua gulu

noun breadfruit (singular)

huaabodu

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noun family

i de boo

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at night

i taiao

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in morning

ili

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verb blow

kailuu

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noun frog, toad

kati

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verb to bite

kiange tanuaa

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adjective better

laaga

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noun November

lahhie

firewood

laubalabala

slack (of rope); soft (of skin or paper); pliable (of hair); flexible

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noun skirt; sewn skirt

lima lau

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number five hundred

loa

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noun ant

longolongo i adamagi

to pick up information by asking others, who have lied (so that one’s information is false)

luduludu

trembling

maalava

the fatty part of the turtle

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noun ten dollar bill

madaangahulu maa haa

number fourteen

magi o de henua

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flu

malo haahine

noun dress

manu lele

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noun bird

masolesole

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adjective abraded in several places cf. masole

mudimudi

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verb walk stealthily in a crouch

naivi

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noun knife

ngaangailu

noun hair (on the head)

ngago gaago

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noun chicken egg

ngau hala

bite someone

ngudu ai

act as an interpreter

noodalo

duplicate

samouli

the spirit of a human being after his death

sinaa

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verb having white hair

sinsia

sinsia
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noun plant species with white fragrant flowers

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soolo

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noun salt

ssave

flying fish

sseni

verb sleep (pl.)

Example: Gilaadeu nogo sseni anaboo. (They slept all night.)

taina madua ahine

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noun elder sister

talinga

noun ear

tama

noun child

tangada adi longo

gossipy person, telltale

tea age laangi

noun dawn

tilo ange

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verb raise

togo dahi

first

tuu banibani

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noun sea cucumber

ua dea

white-throated frigate bird

uu

milk

vaga

noun sailing vessel, large canoe, ship