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aaunga

noun the incompletely burned earth oven fuel remaining when the oven is uncovered

aboo

tonight

agiagi

noun bird sp., fairy tern (Gygis alba)

aha bagua

noun driftwood sp. (resembles bagua)

ahiahi danuaa

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good evening

ala

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adjective awake

aladoidoi

noun iron (a piece of)

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noun log on which the pandanus leaf is smashed

baalasi

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verb press

badu

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verb kick

biigi laanui

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noun boar

bodu ode hine

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noun husband

bua

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noun a category of flowers that has five petals and a fragrant odor

buibui

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noun cage; fence

bulada

noun banana tree fibers (for making cloth)

buu ili

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noun type of shell (Triton’s trumpet)

daamada

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noun axe

dahi daalaa

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noun dollar bill

daina

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noun brother, sister, sibling, cousin

de umu

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noun the cooking house

dehee

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which

denga meenaa

those ones (plural)

dinana

noun mother (formal)

dogi daadaa

noun adze with a small blade for light chipping

duu taua

outbreak of war

duunga gima

half of a clam shell

elaa

a sound indicating surprise

gaagaa

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noun baby

gadigadi

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noun itch

galaahu

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noun cheek

galeve

sakau drink

gaso

roof thatch rafters (of pandanus slats)

gauligi

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adjective young

gava uli

reef heron - grey phase

gede

gede
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noun basket

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gohu

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adjective dark

golee bukaliaa

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noun Indian mulberry, cheese fruit (seeds)

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goo

noun taro spade

gumigumi

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chin

hadu-mangeo

cushion starfish

hagadabeina

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verb prepared, be

hagagili

verb cause to have skin disease

hagahaunu

verb cause to drink alcoholic beverages

hagahoohanga

verb allow birds to nest, or prepare a place for their nesting

hagamabu

verb die (euphemistic); take a break

hagammuni

verb hide (something) from

hagapago donu

fortunate result

hagaualoha

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adjective poor

hai hegau ai

verb borrow

hano gi de maalama

transfiguration of ghosts or spirits into human form

hanu

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verb have

haonga gelegele

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noun anus

hau

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noun necklace, wreath, crown

hedogi

noun the sound of tapping

henuu

placenta

heohi

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adjective correct; right

hinangalosaa

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adjective sad

honu de maasina

noun full moon

huaa me

noun coconut (for drinking)

ihee

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where

ila

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noun mole, freckle

lahie

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noun (fire)wood

laulau gai

a canoe used to transport food to a feast

leuleu

adjective becoming leu (ripe)

limalima

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adjective dexterous; quick

lolo

oil

luu ogu

pronoun my (for dual, inalienable noun)

madaanga hulu

number ten

madala

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verb be unfastened; be untied; bloomed

magaahi

noun embers

maili

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adjective fast; early

mala

bald

malianoono

lizard fish

mammamu

noun fish (generic term; children’s speech only)

manusomo

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noun tree

maomao

more and more; diminshing rainfall

me vae

shoes, slippers

menemene

noun male genital organ

milosanga

the way in which a current flows

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noun pain

mmoa

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adjective cooked

modu

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noun islet

mogo

noun shoot from a sprouting coconut

ngongo

noun black bird species (eats fish)

oa

gunwales (at the top of the canoe)

obeobea

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adjective having many eyes (of the taro corm)

saalinga

noun street; road

sele

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verb trap

solo

verb grate, make into small pieces

somosomo

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verb to grow fast or well anywhere (e.g., as a weed)

soolo

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noun salt

ssala

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verb find

ssege tama

miscarriage

tangada dee doo gi de me

uncouth person

taogubu

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noun waist

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adjective white

ului

turn inside out

vaenga o de langi

Milky Way

valaai tao

dye