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aloha iho

noun self-love

alohi lima

noun palm (of hand)

aoa

noun banyan tree (Ficus prolixa Forst.)

babu honga agau

noun fish sp., wrasse

bakau

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noun upper arm; wing

balaulau

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adjective ugly

balu

noun fish sp.

biho ngaalulu

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headache

biigii

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noun pig

bodobodo

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adjective short

boialiali

noun the light just before daybreak

bona

noun a knot tied at the end of a rope or a string to prevent its unravelling

boobua

noun dragonfly

buuludi

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verb hug

dagasala

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fault, crime, guilt

dalia

adjective tired

danuaa

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adjective good

dau

noun cover for an earth oven

dolu llau

number three hundred

duga de gumigumi

verb allow one’s beard to grow

duu saba

unstable, poorly balanced

duunga gima

half of a clam shell

e hia

how much

gaavadu

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verb give (to you)

gahudi

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noun banana

gai

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verb eat (transitive)

ganae oo

threadfin fish

gelgele dea

sand

giado

outrigger boom

gide eidu ina

to see a vision, hallucinate

gili dalo

hillock

gilisau

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verb undress

gooluu

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pronoun you (dual)

gu madagu

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verb frighten

gudu de biho

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noun head louse

haaele sala

verb spoil (children), bring up (children) badly

haamaga

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noun hammock

haangai

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verb feed

hadu-mangeo

cushion starfish

hagadaemaha

verb put weight on, make unhappy

hagadaguu

noun a small axe, hatchet

hagadinoangahulu

verb make a total of ten people

hagammuni

verb hide (something) from

hagassui/hang gainga/hagamamane

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verb urinate (piss)

hai

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verb do, make

hai dodo

verb bleeding profusely

hakaa

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verb sharpen

hale gaainga

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noun hotel

haonga

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noun hole

huaa gulu

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noun breadfruit

huuhuaa me

sorcery (made with chants)

kati

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verb to bite

kivi

adjective skinny (people, animals)

laangi dabu

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noun Sunday

langolango

inclined to throw one’s legs over those sleeping nearby (when sleeping)

lau kena

noun leaves (or hair) that have lost their natural healthy color

lima lau

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number five hundred

lodo henua

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noun forest

loigulu

type of prepared food made from breadfruit

lui

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verb turn (something in a direction); change course. For long objects

luu aana

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pronoun his/her (for dual, alienable noun)

ma te hakii

the uvula and adjacent portions of the oral cavity

maadua

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noun parents

maahuge

verb open (intransitive, pl.)

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

mada gaanunu

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noun nipple

mada mmea

dark red

madaangahulu seene

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noun dime

madalima daalaa

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noun fifty dollar bill

madeea

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verb recognize

magi o de henua

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flu

malillili

adjective to feel the nibbling of fish on a fishing line

malo gulu

barkcloth, made from the inner skin of the breadfruit

manavanava ~ manamanava

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adjective breathing

manu lele

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noun bird

massala

clear-headed

massogosogo

verb go or do by oneself; a one-man canoe

me hai laangi

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calender

mee doe

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verb remain

naivi

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noun knife

ngadala

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noun grouper

ngau

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verb chew

obe

eye of thtaro corn

oluu

pronoun your (plural; for plural noun)

saniba

silversides

seaha

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what

Seedaa

October

seni tao

sleep soundly

sinasinaa

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adjective white headed; old (of living things); big (of animals)

ssele i de niho

damn it!

ssui

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adjective wet

taina ahine odogu damana

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noun paternal aunt

tamana o dogu bodu

noun father-in-law

teungaalodo

noun middle (of something round); center

tilo

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verb see, watch, find, seek out

tilo buna

tilo buna

noun young coconut tree (bearing no fruit or its first fruit)

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tinana odogu bodu

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noun mother-in-law

tubuna daane

noun grandfather

ubu hhoa

type of prepared food dish made from taro cooked in a half coconut shell

uli

adjective dark (in color), blackened; covered with (people, flies, etc.)

vaasuu ai

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adjective steadily ‘like someone or something, feel affection for’ cf. vaasuu