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aagonga i lalo

noun social class of those who know magic

agau

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noun reef (the portion which is sometimes under water)

aha bagua

noun driftwood sp. (resembles bagua)

ahi dangada

noun a (mat) wrapping for dead persons who are disposed of in the sea (precontact custom)

alelo

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tongue

aliali

noun the barely formed gelatinous layer inside the immature coconut

aloha gelo

noun profound affection

babu daaea

noun fish sp., snapper

balabala

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adjective soft

bali

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noun youngest leaf of a coconut palm

bauanga

noun worth, value

bili makaga

love

bodu

noun spouse

boialiali

noun the light just before daybreak

come

humai

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noun children

deai

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no

deenei

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noun this

delaadeu

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pronoun their (for singular noun)

deuaava

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noun dock

doloomu

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noun drum

duu

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verb stand

duu de umada

noun a rainbow appearing in the sky

duuduu manu

a diving plaform made from a tree stuck in a coral head

gabinivali

a kind of ancient song

gabola

flatten out something mushy

gadigadi

verb have itch

gaibea

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noun crab

galauna

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noun fishnet

gaolama

noun spine of the coconut palm

gaulama

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noun spine of the coconut palm

gili

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noun skin

gili dalo

hillock

giligili

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noun stone

goloa labagau

noun carpenter’s tools

goobai

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noun hat

gu aha

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why

hadu goinga

noun boundary stone

Hadu-lehu

the name of a ghost in Nukuoro legend.

haga mahana

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verb heat

hagadabena ina

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verb separated, be

hagadaina

verb to put someone into a sibling or cousin relationship (as by an adoption)

hagadau

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pronoun each other

hagahaibodu

verb wedding; perform a wedding

hagahala

a sleeping mat

hagamadahuuhua

verb cause to have pimples

hagamademade gaiaa

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

hagapuni

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verb plus, add

hagasaaele

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verb think

hagaualoha

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adjective poor

hagausinga ina

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adjective cloudy

hagausiusi

verb becoming darker (of sky or clouds)

hai mee magua

sort of steal

hine

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noun female; woman

huaahenua

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community

huaamee mugamuga

huaamee mugamuga
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noun first stage of a green coconut; youngest coconut

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 06/16/15

i dai nei

Mortlock Islands

i taiao

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in morning

ivi a duimogo

pelvic bone

kau

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verb swim

lahhie

noun firewood

maalo

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adjective very strong

mada-galisi

the stem of the coconut

madaangahulu maa haa

number fourteen

magau

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verb die (singular subj.)

magi

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disease

malili de biho

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adjective balding

mangungungungu

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adjective the sound of something being chewed

manu somo

noun tree, plant

masae

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verb (intransitive) to tear (fabric, paper)

me ange laa

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adjective other

moni madagidagi

moni madagidagi

old canoes

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 06/13/19

ngaangaailu

noun hair

ngago

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noun brain

oga

to husk (a coconut) with a sharp stick

onoonogia

noun an overindulgence in fatty foods, leading to a loss of appetite

saagule

pick head lice

sauaa

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noun magic

seene

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noun money

senga

crazy; dumb, foolish, ignorant; senseless, drunk

seni

sleep

singa gee

lean away from

sisi galisi

striped (with thin lines)

somo

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verb grow

songosongo

genitals (of males or females)

suugulu

verb learn

taa de biho

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verb wash hair

taina daane odogu dinana

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noun maternal uncle

tamana o dogu dinana

noun maternal grandfather

tangada adi longo

gossipy person, telltale

teungaalodo

noun middle (of something round); center

teve de gili

gooseflesh

too gili

wrinkled skin (from age)

uaua

vein, tendon, nerve, plastic filament

ubu

ubu

noun hard brown coconut shell

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 06/10/15

uli

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

uubiho

head-first presentation of a fetus at birth

vai

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noun liquid, water

vaivai basa

dirty or obscene language; foulmouthed, swear

velo de hagasii

a type of game