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aalali

noun a type of coral which grows on the lagoon bottom

abaaba

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noun door

adaadeu

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

agiagi

noun bird sp., fairy tern (Gygis alba)

ahiahi danuaa

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good evening

angaange magau

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noun dead body

baabaa

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flat

baabaa tugi lau

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noun log on which the pandanus leaf is smashed

bangabanga

noun fish sp.

bebe de lodo

noun state of anxiety (psychological condition)

biigii hahine

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noun sow

daadaa

noun sibling (mostly children’s talk)

daadaa

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noun sweat

daahaa modomodo

daahaa modomodo
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noun third stage of a green coconut

deehee

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how

dilodilonga

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

doodou

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pronoun your (plural; for singular noun)

dumugamuga

noun butt

duu munimuni

hide and seek (game)

duu-lellele

noun apodous sea cucumber

e hanohano

have diarrhea

gaanunu

noun breast

gaga

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noun dry brown husk from the branches of the coconut palm

galu/augau

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mucus

gelegele

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adjective dirty

gimoo lele

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noun bat

hagaabasasa

verb act like or emulate Europeans

hagaduuduulanga

a style of construction (consistently followed)

hagamogomogo

take special care of, cherish

hagamudumudu

verb do slowly, delay

hagangadinei

adjective mean; inconsiderate

hagao baubau

low wages, low-priced

hagausiusi de me

a sky covered with rain clouds

hai sogosogo

verb masturbate

hakaau unuunu

to cause an infant to feed at the breast

hakaugau

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verb wash someone

hala dudu

a noise like that of burning pandanus (loud crackling)

hale hongelegele

noun toilet

hatahata

noun chest (body part)

hiihii mada

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noun eyelash(es)

honu baabaa

fill to the brim

huluhulu

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noun hair (not on the head); fur

huuhuaa me

sorcery (made with chants)

ivi gaogao

noun rib

ivi ngongo

noun collar bone

kano avaavaa

adjective porous

lagolago

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adjective plenty; a lot, many

lahalahi

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adjective wide

langolango

inclined to throw one’s legs over those sleeping nearby (when sleeping)

laulau

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a type of basket

laulau

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hundreds and hundreds

laulau gai

a canoe used to transport food to a feast

lavalava

noun wrap skirt; sarong

lavalava

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noun wrap skirt; sarong

limasisi

noun pinky finger

lodo baubau

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adjective angry

lolo hai haahine

a love potion (applied to the clothes or body)

lolo manu de boo

a type of medicine made from coconut oil and centipedes

luduludu

trembling

mada dabuvae

noun toenail

madaangahulu daalaa buni

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noun ten dollar bill

madagudagu

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adjective cowardly (concerning others or supernaturals)

madamada

half-cooked

malangilangi

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adjective happy

malenlena

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adjective stretchable

malianoono

lizard fish

malili

noun fish sp.: goatfish

malinolino ~ malimalino

verb becoming more and more calm (of weather)

malulu

adjective cold (referring to temperature of something)

masaova balalangi o lote ngadau

noun rainy season

moana magalili

a cold underwater current

molimoli

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

moni galele

a canoe rigged for galele fishing

monilele

noun airplane

mounuunu

verb easily mounu

mudumudu

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adjective slow moving (while working), slow acting, slow thinking

musumusu

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verb whisper

ngudu lagolago

lie (tell a falsehood)

noho dodo

coagulation of blood

odiodi

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adjective long since finished, done or gone; long since, a long time ago

saelesaele

verb to wander around continually (from past time to the present)

saesaelea

verb to be continually walked upon

sali dodo

bleed

seesee

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verb walk

segesege

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adjective slippery

sibasiba

verb to walk off-balance

sii mada daahaa

a fine jet of water

sisi galisi

striped (with thin lines)

suisui

become wet

tainadaane o dogu dinana

noun maternal uncle

tamana o dogu dinana

noun maternal grandfather

tibitibi

tibitibi

noun ball woven from coconut palm, used for sport

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uaua vaaligi

noun capillary

umiumidi

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verb like (someone or something), feel affection for

unuunu

nurse (at the breast)

vaaligiligi

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

vaivai basa

dirty or obscene language; foulmouthed, swear

vaivai daahili

a dirty song

velevele

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verb to clear land (or a path, etc.) of weeds and underbrush

vinivini

noun wrinkle (fabric)