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abo sala

adjective mean (by nature), unkind

aduhale

noun village

ahinga

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noun armpit

angaanga magau

noun dead body

banunu

banunu

noun hanging basket made from coconut palm

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boose

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noun boat

buluu

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adjective blue

daadaa

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verb (transitive) carve (something)

dae

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noun hand net

dai

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noun west

daina ahine

noun sisters

dau

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verb read

deainga

noun nothingness

denga mee laa

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those ones over there (plural)

dinae

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noun stomach

doluu

pronoun your (plural; for singular noun)

duaa nui

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broom

duga de gumigumi

verb allow one’s beard to grow

dugidugi

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noun tool used to mash food

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duu mmea

sea cucumber species

edee maua

impossible

gaago

noun chicken

galeve

alcoholic beverage made from the coconut palm

gatae

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fishing net (attached to a frame or handle)

gava dea

reef heron - white phase

geli

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verb dig

haa llau

number four hundred

haanau

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verb born, be

hagadabeina

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verb prepared, be

hagadau bale

cooperate; help one another

hagadiinonga

treat as having supernatural power

hagallogo

chant (in the old religious ceremony)

hagaloma de me

calm weather, with no noise

hagalongo imuna

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verb obey

hagamogomgo

cause to be muscular

hagapago donu

fortunate result

hagasele age

make up one’s mind; lift up (in a steady motion).

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verb urinate (piss)

hakki

noun esophagua; trachea

hano mouli

disappear alive, especially into another world

hhanga

split open, open up, or separate, all at once.

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eyebrow

hinangalosaa

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adjective sad

honu baabaa

fill to the brim

hua manu gai

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noun fruit

hulo saaele

verb wander around

hune

core of the breadfruit; the flower of the breadfruit tree

huuhuaa me

sorcery (made with chants)

kano

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noun penis

koe

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pronoun you (singular)

laagau mmasa

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noun dry wood

laangai buusagi

a type of fishing condition in which the sea is boiling with jumping tuna, which are biting at anything

laanningi

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noun sleeveless shirt

lau

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number one hundred

lau daala buni

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noun hundred dollar bill

lele

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verb fly

lima

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number five

lodo gi lunga

ambitious for a superior position

luu adaau

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

luu olaadeu

pronoun their (for dual, inalienable noun)

made

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verb look at in an effort to identify or recognize

mahi

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adjective strong

makaga

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adjective hard

malamalali

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adjective becoming more and more malali

malo gahu de boo

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sheet, blanket

malulu

adjective cold (referring to temperature of something)

mami

verb taste (of something)

manu-mangamanga

starfish

masaova balalangi o lote ngadau

noun rainy season

masavaa de gauligi

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childhood

mmaolunga

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adjective high

moomoa

balls of grated taro (for making huaahuu)

muli sua hadu

reefward of the storm beach; beach rock

noho

verb settle somewhere; live somewhere

o

odaadeu

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

ono

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pronoun his several, her several, its several

ono laangi

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noun Saturday

sabiningaa lau

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noun rolls of softened pandanus leaf

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Seedaa

October

seeha deenei?

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what is this?

seesee haangoda saele

look for girls

senga

crazy; dumb, foolish, ignorant; senseless, drunk

seni gi de ao

sleep late (into daytime)

siga de mamu

an escape of fish from a fishing net (through its holes)

sisi

verb write

somo boi

grow abnormally (having defects)

ssele i de niho

damn it!

sugulu

noun school

sula mai

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verb arrive

suunibongi

a coral formation resembling a man at the bottom of the lagoon; a method of pole fishing at night

tagi

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noun chief

tamana o dogu damana

noun paternal grandfather

tangada hai me dabu

cult priest

tangada maagaga

industrious person

tangada sisi

secretary

tua de eu

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shoulder blade

unahi

scale (of a fish)

vange

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verb give

vasu ai

like it