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aloalo gaadinga

noun the part of a coconut’s meat next to the sap

anailaanei

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today

anga baabaa

noun mollusk sp., spider conch

aoaa

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noun hour

au

pronoun I, me

balanggede

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noun blanket

bodu ode hine

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noun husband

buusi

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noun cat

daaemai

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verb arrive

dae

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noun guts, intestines, buttocks

dagua

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noun tuna

dangada agoago taumaha

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noun priest

dau

pronoun your (singular; for singular, alienable noun)

dau magi

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epidemic

demeelaa

that one over there

denga meelaa

those ones over there (plural)

dohe

noun mollusk sp., bivalve sp.

dona

noun wart, mole (raised)

dooluu

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pronoun your (dual; for singular noun)

eiidu

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noun ghost

ga-hudi

banana

gabugabu

shore

galeve

sakau drink

gauanga

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noun thigh

gilaadeu

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pronoun they (plural)

gili

skin

gili dalo

hillock

goe

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pronoun you (singular, object)

gopai

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noun hat

gubu lima

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noun fist

gudu

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noun bug; flea

haa daha

noun the outer coconut palm frond

haaligi

verb wrap from under, wrap around; to wrap something (e.g., a present)

haanoa

verb wash someone’s hands (or mouth)

hadinga

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noun crook of the knee or elbow

hadu golaa

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noun sharpening tool

haga mahana

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verb heat

hagaduu me

miserly

hagammae lodo

verb insult (someone)

hagaodea

the time at which it is midday

hagatugu tai

ebbing of tide

hano ge

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verb leave

haonga lalo de henua

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noun cave

hau bule

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noun shell necklace

hedogi

noun the sound of tapping

henuu

placenta

holi

shape of, form of

ise ngaio

noun needlefish

ivi laanui

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backbone

kailuu

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noun frog, toad

lahalahi

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adjective wide

lehu

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noun lime

leoleo

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noun the making of sounds repeatedly; talking

lima seene

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noun nickel

luu ana

pronoun his/her (for dual, alienable noun)

luu omaau

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pronoun our (dual, exclusive; for dual, inalienable noun)

maanegabo

energetic

mada galisi

mada galisi

noun small green offshoots of the coconut tree trunk

madalua maa ono

number twenty six

mae de biho

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noun headache

magi i de makama

menstruation

malamalali

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adjective becoming more and more malali

malianoono

lizard fish

manava

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verb breathe

manu dolodolo

noun animal (doesn’t include people)

manumanuhi

adjective frequently manuhi

moomoa

balls of grated taro (for making huaahuu)

mouli

verb to live; be alive

ngaage nei

Gilbert Islands

niho

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tooth

obeobea

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adjective having many eyes (of the taro corm)

oga

to husk (a coconut) with a sharp stick

olaa

a sound expressing surprise or disapproval

olo

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

oo

pronoun your (singular; for plural, inalienable noun)

po

verb touch

saesaele

verb to wander around continually (doing so at present and likely to be doing so in the future)

sanga

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fornicate, have sexual intercourse

sau aloalo

echo

siisii

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noun fishing pole

sina

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noun white (or grey) hair (appearing in old age)

solo luu lima

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verb wash hands

somo dae

fully mature coconut apple

somo haahine

a fleshy (non-muscular) man

tagi

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noun chief

tagudai

noun coast, shoreline

tahido o de nui

tahido o de nui

noun trunk of coconut tree

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taina daane odogu bodu

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noun brother-in-law

taina madua ahine

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noun elder sister

taiseni

adjective sleepy

tamana odogu damana

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noun paternal grandfather

teungaalodo

noun middle (of something round); center

tiimaa

noun ship

tilo ange

verb nurse; look after

uaua

noun vein or artery (blood vessel)

uaua nnui

noun larger blood vessels

ula

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noun lobster

uli

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

uuvae

feet-first presentation of a fetus at birth

vaasuu

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verb like someone or something, feel affection for