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abasasa

noun European

adaada age

first light of the moon

aduisiisi

noun one’s first spouse

agaaga

noun having lots of roots

agiagi

noun bird sp., fairy tern (Gygis alba)

alaala dangada

noun false labor pains (of a pregnant woman)

aloalo gaadinga

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

alohaha

noun throat (of fish only)

alualu

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verb fish, hunt (during the day)

angaanga dabu vae

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toenail

angaanga madania

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noun fingernail

baabaa tugi lau

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noun log on which the pandanus leaf is smashed

baabaasi

noun a fishing method (angling with the side of a flying fish as bait)

bala langi

noun rain

balagia a de gaga

noun fish sp., parrot fish

balaulau

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adjective ugly

biigii hahine

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noun sow

bodobodo

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adjective short

daadaa

noun sibling (mostly children’s talk)

dabadaba

noun slipper lobster

dada

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verb pull

demee hagaangiangi

fan

dinana

noun mother (formal)

gaanunu

noun breast

gaanuunu

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bosom/breast

gabugabu

shore

gadagada

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verb laugh

gadigadi

verb have itch

gai moumou

wasteful of food

galavalava

the grains in the trunk of wood of the coconut tree which are hard, dark, and sharp

galu/augau

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mucus

gangong

noun plant species whose leaf is used for cooking

giigii saele

giggle

giligili

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noun stone

gimoo lele

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noun bat

ginigini loola

a game played by children

gumigumi huluhulu

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noun beard (lit. hair on the chin)

hagaabasasa

verb act like or emulate Europeans

hagadaga age

improving

hagahongagainga

verb to make a child urinate

hagassui, hang gainga, hagamamane

urinate (piss)

hai de hilihili

verb hold an election

hai sogosogo

verb masturbate

haimee baubau

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verb sexual intercourse; fornication

hale gaugau

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noun bath house

hale honggelegele

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noun bathroom, toilet

halihalibaa

noun flatfish

hegahega

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lung

henua gelegele

atoll.

huluhulu mada

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noun eyebrow

hungahunga a nui

the flower of the coconut tree

huuhuaa mee

sorcery (made with chants)

laulau

laulau

noun serving dish basket made from coconut palm

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

laulau gai

a canoe used to transport food to a feast

lausese

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noun pants

lavalava dui

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noun skirt; sewn skirt

lele

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verb fly

limamalie

good at massaging

limasisi

noun pinky finger

lodo lagolago

indecisive, undecided

lodobaubau

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adjective sad

lolo

oil

looloa

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adjective long

luu adaadeu

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

maailele

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verb die

madamada

half-cooked

mademadea

verb identify tentatively; to think that one recognizes but not be sure

maimai

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adjective sweet

malamalama

adjective sparkly; glittery

malemale

noun areola of the breast; a boil on the body

malianoono

lizard fish

malibilibi

noun crack (of a whip)

malili

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adjective scattered

malinolino ~ malimalino

verb becoming more and more calm (of weather)

massagalala

noun burned (food)

me hagasengasenga

riddle, parable

modumodu

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adjective broken in many places (like string), easily broken (like rope)

molimoli

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to carry things repeatedly / in multiple trips from one place to another

molomolo

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adjective round, clear in outline

moni galele

a canoe rigged for galele fishing

moomoa-ganoanga

boxfish (yellow)

mudumudu-dua-beau

damselfish

ngadi seesee

walk barefoot, stroll

ngudu lagolago

lie (tell a falsehood)

noomeemea

a wave of sufficient force to wash over normally dry land; tidal wave

obeobea

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adjective having many eyes (of the taro corm)

sabanaana

a phosphorescent flash in the water

sali daadaa

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verb perspire

seesee haangoda saele

look for girls

segesege

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adjective slippery

sinasinaa

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adjective white headed; old (of living things); big (of animals)

singasinga

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

sogosogo

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orphaned

suisui

become wet

tainaahine o dogu dinana

noun maternal aunt

tuu mugamuga

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buttocks

uaua

crave (for food)

uaua vaaligi

noun capillary

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