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aalo lo te moana

a disturbance (local) of air

ahiahi danuaa

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good evening

anaa naa

these (there) only

bani-magevageva

noun fish sp. (rare)

basa baubau

verb speak badly of someone

baubau

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adjective bad

biigii

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noun pig

bodubodu

verb particles of rotting wood or thatch, etc.

booboo me

adjective massage (as a medical treatment)

bulibuli

verb grab up one thing after another

dada gaehala

verb picking even small breadfruit (to avoidhaving to change one’s position, whichwould be necessary in order to pick breadfruit of the proper size)

dae banibani

noun the white excretion of the banibani

dahulihuli donu

adjective be careful

danedanea

verb be covered with dane

dangadanga

adjective loose (not tight) ; sieve

daudai

adjective skillful fisherman

dee haihai donu

that’s for sure

deehehee

verb to make a certain pattern of sounds tocall attention to oneself

deledele hainga a me

rush because of an emergency

diidiinga

noun manner of urinating

dinana

noun mother, aunt; senior female relative, person in a mothering, or motherly, relationship

doa agalala

very big giant

dogodoganga

noun plantsp.

doi-avaava

noun the sap of a hardwood sp. which drifts ashore (used for making perfume)

donudonu

adjective understand somewhat

doodou

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pronoun your (plural; for singular noun)

dumugamuga

noun butt

duu ubu haohao

piece of taro cooked in a coconut shell with coconut oil

ebuebu

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bubbles

elaaelaa

adjective a sound indicating surprise

gabigabia

verb repeatedly grubbing

gadagada-a-vaga

noun a very small tuna

gadigadi

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noun itch

gai moumou

wasteful of food

gailulu

noun birdsp.: booby

galagala

noun spongesp. (several spp.)

gamugamua

verb covered all over (or here and there)with gamu

ganoango

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adjective yellow

gegeli

adjective struggle

giligili

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noun stone

ginigini

noun mollusksp.: tellinidae spp.; pharonella spp.)

gohu boo dangodango

a pitch-black night

goononga

noun a record (set in competitive sports)

haalala

verb stand leaning

haau unuunu

verb breast-feed

hadu-uaua

noun mollusksp.: spondylus sp.

hagaagoago

verb lesson, make learn, cause to teach

hagaaoaoa

verb have purposely and habitually remainedup until daybreak

hagadahadaha

verb keep staying away

hagagaehala

verb to cause to have immature breadfruit

hagalaulau

verb make many hundreds

hagamalamalama

verb shine

hagamalele

verb complete (something); kill (someone)

hagamalemolemoanga

noun

hagamudumudu

verb do slowly, delay

hai de hilihili

verb hold an election

hai me mudumudu

a habitually mudumudu

hai mogomogo

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adjective muscular

hakaugau

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verb wash someone

hakaugaua

verb to bathe (someone)

helelei

adjective fly at the same time

henua gelegele

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atoll (literally, sand island)

hesilisilihagi

verb repeatedly hesilihagi

hongagelegele baalanga

adjective rust

huuhuli

verb

huuhuu

noun fishsp.: parrotfish (the native term is applied to many spp.)

laulau gai

noun a canoe used to transport food to a feast

liholiho

liholiho

coconut fiber rope

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lili baasi gee

accuse someone (in an argument, usually between spouses) of taking sides withanother family member

lodo lagolago

indecisive, undecided

lodobaubau

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adjective sad

longolongo i adamagi

to pick up information by asking others, who have lied (so that one’s information, therefore, is false)

longolongo i leaala

rumor

loulou

verb to repeatedly use a breadfruit picker; pull (a trigger)

maamaalo

adjective becoming more and more maalo

mada dabuvae

noun toenail

madumadua

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adjective very old (persons), mature, full-grown; parent, elder (senior relative)

malumalu de me

cloudy day (not bright)

maomao

more and more; diminshing rainfall

meamea --

adjective becoming red

moomoa

noun the shoot from a germinating coconut

mugamuga

verb the muscle of a bivalve; the first stage of development of the coconut, before daahaa; to crackle when chewed

muna maimai

noun <= ngudu maimai>

muumuu kaiaa

adjective to remain silent (in order to hide a misdeed of oneself or others)

ngadi seesee

walk barefoot, stroll

noho dodo

adjective coagulation of blood

noho hagamolomolo

adjective to sit by oneself (away from the main group)

sabasaba

verb unstably balanced

sau aloalo

echo

savasavaa

verb getting closer to the time (of happening)

seesee

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verb walk

sese

verb walk

singasinga

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verb to wave back and forth (as a coconut tree in the wind)

sisi

mollusk, sp. Neritidae

sissisi

adjective striped (having stripes)

tainaahine o dogu dinana

noun maternal aunt

tinana o dogu dinana

noun maternal grandmother

vaaligiligi

adjective small (for a vast plural noun; used with dengaa)

viivii

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verb to put an infant to sleep by singing a lullaby

vivi

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noun female genital area