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aala anaboo

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verb stay up all night (pl.)

abodonu

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kind

aboo nei

tonight (future)

amaadeu

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

ana

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pronoun his/her (for plural, alienable noun)

angaanga

noun body

ao de me

noun daytime

baibu

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noun cigarette

basa

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verb speak

bingge

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adjective pink

bukaliaa

bukaliaa
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noun Indian mulberry tree; Morinda citrifolia L.

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daaholi paalaaini

noun fried taro and banana biscuit

dahi laangi

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noun Monday

daholaa

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noun December

dahulinga

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custom, habit

dahuuhuu

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noun roof

deelaa

there

duaanui

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noun broom

duu saba

unstable, poorly balanced

duugiva

adjective rough texture, of a plaited object such as a mat

gaa

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verb burn (intransitive)

gaadinga hai ngadi ubu

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

gaavadu

verb give

gaavadu

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verb give (to you)

gaime

verb eat (intransitive)

galo de laa

the reddish sky at sunset

gaso

roof thatch rafters (of pandanus slats)

gau

noun people (as a collective, e.g. the Nukuoro people)

gimaau

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pronoun we (dual, exclusive)

goa

noun termite

gohu

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adjective dark

goolo

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noun gold

gumigumi

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beard

haa llau

number four hundred

haga mahana

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verb heat

hagabuni ange

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verb have sexual intercourse with

hagadaguu

noun a small axe, hatchet

hagadoa

verb act like a giant

hagamade

verb do as hard as fast as possible

hagao baubau

low wages, low-priced

hagassui

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verb urinate (piss)

hagi me

verb pick coconuts

hanngoda dua agau

fishing beyond the reef (on the seaward side of the atoll).

hevaalogi

the screaming of many people at the same time

honu

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noun green turtle

kai

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adjective boiled

laanui

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adjective big

lama

a dry coconut leaf

lango

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noun house fly

laumalie

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adjective huge

limalima

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adjective dexterous; quick

lodo baubau

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adjective angry

lodo danuaa ~ lotanuaa

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adjective happy

lou

a pole with a hook at the end, used to pick breadfruit; pick breadfruit; pull down

luu aau

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pronoun your (singular; for dual, alienable noun)

luu adaau

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

luu alaadeu

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pronoun their (for dual, alienable noun)

luu odaadeu

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

ma te hakii

the uvula and adjacent portions of the oral cavity

madaanga hulu maa haa

number fourteen

madaangahulu mano

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number ten thousands

madalua maa lima seene

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noun quarter

maga

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verb throw

magalili

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verb, adjective feel cold, shivering (from cold); flow (of tide)

magi i de makama

menstruation

mahi

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adjective strong

mai

verb arrive

makaga

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adjective hard

malamalama

adjective sparkly; glittery

malino

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silent

manava

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verb breathe

mango

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noun shark

mano

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number thousand

manu

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noun March

massogosogo

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

mau goloa

rich in material possessions

mee doe

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verb remain

modo

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adjective unripe

modu

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verb (intransitive) to break (string or rope)

ngaangailu

noun hair (on the head)

niho ngalo

molar teeth, wisdom teeth

odaau

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

onge

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famine

oou

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yes

saavale ina

fish or meat which is watery in texture and bad tasting

sabiningaa lau

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noun rolls of softened pandanus leaf

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

saohia

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adjective free

seni

sleep

sigi de hagahala

collection (in church), offering (in chrch), sacrifice, tithe

sio

waterspout (esp. the air causing it); whirlwind

sisi galisi

striped (with thin lines)

somo dae

fully mature coconut apple

ssuanga

stained in one place

sui

change, replace

taina aahine

noun sister

tainadaane

noun brother

tamaahine o dogu bodu

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noun daughter-in-law

togo haa

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fourth

vaenga o de langi

Milky Way

vele

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verb to weed (a garden); to clear bush (overgrowth); to pluck (feathers)