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adumodu

atoll.

ala anaboo

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verb stay up all night (sing.)

aloha

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love; compassion; affection

alohi vae

noun sole (of foot)

amaau

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

atangada

noun generation, age set

balu malau

noun fish sp.

bodu o de hine

noun husband

bulada

noun banana tree fibers (for making cloth)

come

humai

daadaa

noun sibling (mostly children’s talk)

dagua

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verb say

dahulinga

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custom, habit

daina ahine

noun sisters

dangada hai veelenga

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noun farmer

de mee laa

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that one (over there)

de umu

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noun the cooking house

dena

that

duunga gima

half of a clam shell

edee maua

impossible

gaadinga hai ngadi ubu

coconut with a shell of a size appropriate for use as a cooking vessel

gaba de ahiahi

early evening, late in the afternoon.

gaimee

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verb eat (intransitive)

gapese

a method of pole fishing at night (on the seaward reef)

gava dea

reef heron - white phase

gilisau

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verb undress

goo

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verb bark (dog)

goobai

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noun hat

gopai

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noun hat

gubu vae

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noun ankle

gudu

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noun louse

haadenga

noun measurement

haanau

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verb born, be

hada

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noun an elevated platform (e.g. for placing Samouli deity, or for sitting, sleeping, etc.)

Hadu-lehu

the name of a ghost in Nukuoro legend.

hagadaemaha

verb put weight on, make unhappy

hagahee mai

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verb return

hagapago donu

fortunate result

hagassege i hegau

verb proscrastinate (about work); refuse to participate in work

hagasuihage

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verb exchange, trade

hagatugu tai

ebbing of tide

hai de hai

adjective stubborn, willful

hakiuu

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noun baseball

hale denga manu

noun hive (house for animals)

hale goloa

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noun store

hano

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verb go

hano gi bouli gee

to transfigure oneself

hanu me

secret friend of the opposite sex

hedogi

noun the sound of tapping

hine

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noun female; woman

holau

canoe house

huli

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verb (transitive and intransitive) turn (something in a direction)

huna me

a habitual thief

ilihia ssave

the submerging of flying fish below the surface of the water (making them difficult to net)

kii mai

verb decreasing

laagau mmasa

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noun dry wood

laangi adu laa

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noun day after tomorrow

laohie

noun drought

llena

verb stretch; raise one’s eyebrows

loigulu

type of prepared food made from breadfruit

luu golee

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noun testicles

maahuge

verb open (intransitive, pl.)

Example: Denga abaaba gu maahuge. (The doors are open.)

madala

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verb be unfastened; be untied; bloomed

madua

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adjective old (persons), mature, full-grown; parent, elder (senior relative)

magau baubau

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

mahuge, huge

open

malillili

adjective to feel the nibbling of fish on a fishing line

manavanava ~ manamanava

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adjective breathing

manavasaa

adjective scared; afraid

manu vaaligi

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noun insect

maohaoha

adjective broken up (into many pieces or groupings)

meemaagau

noun non-living thing

mmaolunga

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adjective high

namu

noun mosquito

noho dodo

coagulation of blood

oha

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verb break, break up, destroy, damage, ruin

olonoa

sea cucumber

paibu

noun pipe

sanga

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fornicate, have sexual intercourse

sangatai

mollusk, Spondylus

sinaa

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verb having white hair

singasinga

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verb to wave back and forth (as a coconut tree in the wind)

siva

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number nine

soesoe gulu

a young breadfruit tree

sogosogo

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orphaned

ssali

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verb drip (liquid)

ssogo

grated raw taro which has dried out

taa de biho

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verb wash hair

tahi-laangi

noun Monday (’first day’)

tainaahine o dogu dinana

noun maternal aunt

tangada ssele

stupid ass!

tao

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noun spear

tinana o dogu bodu

noun mother-in-law

tolo i nui

tolo i nui

noun coconut seed

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tugu lima

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elbow

ulu

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verb enter

umiumidi

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verb like (someone or something), feel affection for

vaivai

intensifier too; overly

vange de hagaboo

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verb give greetings

vasega

apprehensive, nervous, anxious (in social contexts)