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abaaba

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noun door

aboabongi

adjective easily capsizable

adaada age

first light of the moon

ahiahi

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noun evening

ahiahi gohugohu

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noun dawn

alualu

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verb fish, hunt (during the day)

angaanga madania

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noun fingernail

baabaa tugi lau

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noun log on which the pandanus leaf is smashed

bebe de lodo

noun state of anxiety (psychological condition)

biigii hahine

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noun sow

bodobodo

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adjective short

buibui

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noun cage; fence

daadaa

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verb (transitive) carve (something)

dadaage

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verb raise (a flag)

deehee

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how

dihidihi

noun butterfly fish

dinana

noun mother (formal)

doa agalala

very big giant

dodo

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noun blood

duaa dodo

noun labor pains (of women in childbirth)

duiduia

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noun thorn

duu lellele

noun apodous sea cucumber

duu ubu haohao

piece of taro cooked in a coconut shell with coconut oil

duu-lellele

noun apodous sea cucumber

gaanuunu

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bosom/breast

gaga

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noun dry brown husk from the branches of the coconut palm

gai moumou

wasteful of food

galu/augau

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mucus

ganoango

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adjective yellow

gaogao

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hip

gaogao

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noun, preposition hip; beside

gelegele

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noun sand

giligili

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noun stone

gilimalali

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adjective clean

hagaabasasa

verb act like or emulate Europeans

hagahongagainga

verb to make a child urinate

hagamogomgo

verb cause to be muscular

hagamogomogo

take special care of, cherish

hagamudumudu

verb do slowly, delay

hai dodo

verb bleeding profusely

hakaaununu

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verb breastfeed

hale gaugau

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noun bath house

huaamee daahaa

huaamee daahaa
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noun second stage of a green coconut

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 06/16/15

kano avaavaa

adjective porous

lagolago

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adjective plenty; a lot, many

lahalaha

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verb measure off in fathoms

lahalahi

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adjective wide

laulau

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overripe coconut apple

lavalava

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noun wrap skirt; sarong

lele tuli

childbirth

leuleu

adjective becoming leu (ripe)

limalima

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adjective dexterous; quick

limasisi

noun pinky finger

lodo lagolago

indecisive, undecided

lohaloha

verb measure off in fathoms

longolongo i adamagi

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

maailele

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verb die

maamaa

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verb chew

maamaanu

remain stationary in the air (like a bird or a helicopter)

mada dabuvae

noun toenail

mada gaanunu

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noun nipple

madumadua

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

magalili

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

magau baubau

die in agony (owing to having led a bad life)

mahamaha

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adjective beautiful

maimai

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adjective sweet

malenlena

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adjective stretchable

mangungungungu

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adjective the sound of something being chewed

manu dolodolo

noun animal (doesn’t include people)

manu-lalo-de-gelegele

mantis shrimp

maohaoha

adjective broken up (into many pieces or groupings)

massogosogo

verb go or do by oneself; a one-man canoe

modomodo

modomodo
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noun stage between a young green coconut and a mature brown coconut

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 06/16/15

mogomogo

noun muscle

moni lele

airplane

mudumudu

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

mugamuga

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noun first stage of a green coconut; youngest coconut; type of huaamee

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 06/16/15

musumusu

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verb whisper

nengenenge

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

ngaangailu

noun hair (on the head)

ngadi diinonga

pagan gods, idols

noonounu

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verb repeatedly nounu

olioli

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verb to put an infant to sleep by singing a lullaby

sabiningaa lau

sabiningaa lau
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noun rolls of softened pandanus leaf

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 06/11/15

saesaelea

verb to be continually walked upon

seene malili

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noun coins

segesege

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adjective slippery

sisi galisi

striped (with thin lines)

sogosogo

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orphaned

somosomo

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verb to grow fast or well anywhere (e.g., as a weed)

suusu

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noun shoe

tama legalega

infant

tangada agoago

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noun teacher

tangada sisi

secretary

tinana o dogu dinana

noun maternal grandmother

uaua

crave (for food)

uaua vaaligi

noun capillary

vaaligiligi

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

vaivai daahili

a dirty song

velevele

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