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aalali

noun a type of coral which grows on the lagoon bottom

adaadeu

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

agiagi

noun bird sp., fairy tern (Gygis alba)

agoago

noun taro fibers

ahiahi gohugohu

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noun dawn

aliali

noun the barely formed gelatinous layer inside the immature coconut

aneane

noun the physical desire of a member of the opposite sex

angaanga

noun body

angaanga dabu vae

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toenail

angaanga mada nia

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fingernail

angaange magau

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noun dead body

bala langi

noun rain

biigii

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noun pig

daahaa

daahaa
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noun second stage of a green coconut; type of huaamee

dabadaba

noun slipper lobster

dada

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verb pull

dibadiba

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adjective unstable; rocking, as a boat

dihidihi

noun butterfly fish

dilodilonga

noun the manner in which one looks at one’s reflection or appearance

dudu

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verb burn (transitive)

duu ubu haohao

piece of taro cooked in a coconut shell with coconut oil

duu-lellele

noun apodous sea cucumber

e hanohano

have diarrhea

gaadinga hagaangiangi

copra dried in the wind (not in the sun or in an oven)

gai moumou

wasteful of food

galevaleva

bird species

gaogao

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hip

gasogaso

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adjective narrow (skirts, fabric, road)

gaugau

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verb bathe, shower, swim

gelegele

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adjective dirty

gelgele dea

sand

gimoo lele

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noun bat

gumigumi

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chin

hadahada ama

noun the platform fastened on top of the outrigger booms of a canoe

hagaaduadu dangada

verb critical of others

hagahongagainga

verb to make a child urinate

hagamaamaane

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verb urinate

hagamanomano

verb make many thousands

hagamogomogo

take special care of, cherish

hagassui, hang gainga, hagamamane

urinate (piss)

hai de hilihili

verb hold an election

hakaau unuunu

to cause an infant to feed at the breast

hale honggelegele

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noun bathroom, toilet

hiihii mada

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noun eyelash(es)

huluhulu mada

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noun eyebrow

huuhuaa me

sorcery (made with chants)

laulau

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overripe coconut apple

laulau

laulau
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noun serving dish basket made from coconut palm

laulau gai

noun a canoe used to transport food to a feast

lausese

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noun pants

lavalava

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noun wrap skirt; sarong

lodo lagolago

indecisive, undecided

lolo manu-de-boo

a type of medicine made from coconut oil and centipedes

maailele

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verb die

mada gaanunu

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noun nipple

madagudagu

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adjective cowardly (concerning others or supernaturals)

madamada

half-cooked

magalili

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adjective cold

magalili

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verb, adjective feel cold, shivering (from cold); flow (of tide)

magamagalil ~ magalillili

adjective frequently magalili

mahanahana

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adjective very hot

malala

noun ashes

malamalama

adjective sparkly; glittery

maluilui

adjective turned this way and that way, turned over and over

malulu

adjective cold (referring to temperature of something)

manavanava ~ manamanava

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adjective breathing

manu lele vaaligi

noun small bird

manu lele vaaligiligi

noun flying insect

masolesole

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adjective abraded in several places cf. masole

me hagasengasenga

riddle, parable

milomilosanga

the way in which a current moves about

mogomogo

noun muscle

molomolo

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adjective round, clear in outline

moni galele

a canoe rigged for galele fishing

monilele

noun airplane

nengenenge

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verb tickle; to catch an octopus by tickling it (to dislodge it from its hole)

neveneve

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noun spider

ngongo

noun black bird species (eats fish)

olioli

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verb to put an infant to sleep by singing a lullaby

sabanaana

a phosphorescent flash in the water

sau aloalo

echo

sausau

lion-fish

seene malili

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noun coins

seesee

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verb walk

singasinga

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

sinsia

sinsia
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noun plant species with white fragrant flowers

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sisi

mollusk, sp. Neritidae

soesoe gulu

a young breadfruit tree

sogosogo

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adjective alone, only, by oneself; each

sogosogo

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orphaned

tainaahine o dogu dinana

noun maternal aunt

tama legalega eidu

pupil of the eye; a cry of a bird or human that sounds like the cry of a baby; the name of a ghost

tamana odogu dinana

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noun maternal grandfather

tangada maagaga

industrious person

tinana o dogu damana

noun paternal grandmother

tinana o dogu dinana

noun maternal grandmother

tinana odogu bodu

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noun mother-in-law

tinana odogu dinana

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noun maternal grandmother

unuunu

nurse (at the breast)

vaivai daahili

a dirty song