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agau

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noun reef (the portion which is sometimes under water)

ahi

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noun fire

au

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pronoun your (singular; for plural, alienable noun)

baba

noun fish sp., squirrelfish

basa

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verb speak

buliaamu

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adjective sad

daangahulu dala buni

ten dollar bill

dago

noun ritual activites, religious activities

dagodoanga

noun expose oneself to the sun

deenei

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noun this

dibadiba

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adjective unstable; rocking, as a boat

didi

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grass skirt

dilo

noun the immature leaf of any plant, except of the coconut

duaanui

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noun broom

duanui

noun hard middle ridge of the coconut palm leaf

dugilima

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noun elbows

duu-lellele

noun apodous sea cucumber

duugau

noun legs at the base of a canoe mast

duuhua

adjective single, unmarried

gaanunu

noun breast

gaba de ahiahi

early evening, late in the afternoon.

galo ahi

sparks

gava-uli

reef heron - grey phase

geegeno

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noun crocodile

gili

skin

gili manusomo

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noun bark

giligili tai

horizon

goa

noun termite

haa daha

noun the outer coconut palm frond

haa mee

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noun coconut for drinking

hadu

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noun stone, rock

hagaalongaa

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verb to be quiet

hagadodi

verb walk with a limp (permanently)

hagaeueu

verb a shrugging movement of the shoulders

hagahonu age lodo

verb feel uncomfortably sated with food and unable to eat

hagalongo imuna

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verb obey

hagamademade gaiaa

verb cringe to deceive one’s opponent into thinking one is afraid (when one is not)

hagao ngaohie

inexpensive

haidama

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adjective pregnant

hakiuu

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noun baseball

hano ge

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verb leave

hanoo seni

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verb go to sleep

hhanga

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

hiigai

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adjective hungry

hili

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verb choose

hua bugalie

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noun small green fruit, used to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems

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noun first stage of a green coconut; youngest coconut

huluhulu mata

noun eyebrow

ina gi hale

noun a row of thatch

kaagi

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adjective brown

laaningi

noun sleeveless shirt

lai

noun forehead

lima

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number five

limasisi

noun pinky finger

llau mano

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hundred thousands

lode

inside

lodo gaiaa

competitive, envious, desious of retaliating

lua llau

number two hundred

luu ana

pronoun his/her (for dual, alienable noun)

luuluu haha

gargle, wash one’s mouth out

maaidigi

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noun August

maaili

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adjective fast

maanegabo

energetic

maava

yawn

madalua maa lima seene

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noun quarter

mahuge

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verb open (intransitive, sing.)

Example: De abaaba gu mahuge. (The door is open.)

maingaa

miss, feel the loss of, or the uselessness of, something of great value

mami

verb taste (of something)

mammamu

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

manavanava ~ manamanava

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adjective breathing

manu vaaligi

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noun insect

manumanu

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noun small red insect that sucks blood

matolu

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number thirty

muli mai ange

a little later, by and by

musu

verb whisper(ing)

odo

verb thatch

olo

an area in which sand has accumulated; beach; sand spit

olonoa

sea cucumber

onge

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famine

ono

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number six

saalohia

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verb hungry, be

sanga

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fornicate, have sexual intercourse

senga

crazy; dumb, foolish, ignorant; senseless, drunk

senga manu

stupid (like an animal)

seni gi de ao

sleep late (into daytime)

siilinga a muna

trial or formal inquiry

songagi

a bad sort of person

ssee de hiigai

famished, ravenous

sseu

push violently

sugi de ngudu

the corner of the mouth

taina gauligi ahine

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noun younger sister

tino boo

full moon (a period comprising two nights)

tolu-laangi

Wednesday (’third day’)

tuu banibani

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noun sea cucumber

ula

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noun lobster

umidi

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adjective hungry for fish or meat

Unu

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the name of a star; the name of a folk tale character

vaasuu

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verb like someone or something, feel affection for

vaivai

intensifier too; overly

vasega

apprehensive, nervous, anxious (in social contexts)