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aalali

noun a type of coral which grows on the lagoon bottom

adaada

dawn

aduisiisi

noun one’s first spouse

ahiahi gohugohu

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noun dawn

aloalo gaadinga

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

amuamu iho

noun drizzle

angaanga mada nia

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fingernail

baba

noun fish sp., squirrelfish

bala langi

noun rain

balagia a de gaga

noun fish sp., parrot fish

banunu

banunu

noun hanging basket made from coconut palm

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

biho ngaalulu

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headache

biigii hahine

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noun sow

buibui

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noun cage; fence

buuganga

noun a trip for a festive or recreational purpose

daadaa

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verb (transitive) carve (something)

daahaa modomodo

daahaa modomodo
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noun third stage of a green coconut

dahi daalaa

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noun dollar bill

de ahiahi danua

good evening

dibononi

noun the youngest child of a couple

didi

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grass skirt

dilodilonga

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

dodo

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blood

dugidugi tugi lau

dugidugi tugi lau
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noun tool used to soften the pandanus leaf

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

duu-lellele

noun apodous sea cucumber

gaagaa

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noun baby

gaaunuunu

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noun breast, bosom

galavalava

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

gangong

noun plant species whose leaf is used for cooking

gelgele dea

sand

gumigumi

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chin

hagahongagainga

verb to make a child urinate

hagamanomano

verb make many thousands

hagamogomogo

take special care of, cherish

hagangadinei

adjective mean; inconsiderate

hagausiusi de me

a sky covered with rain clouds

hakaanunu

verb breastfeed

hale gaugau

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noun bath house

hale hongelegele

noun toilet

hanohano

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noun diarrhea

henua gelegele

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atoll (literally, sand island)

hihi mada

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eyebrow

hihi mata

noun eyelash

huaamee daahaa

huaamee daahaa
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noun second stage of a green coconut

huluhulu

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noun hair (not on the head); fur

hungahunga a nui

the flower of the coconut tree

huuhuaa me

sorcery (made with chants)

lagolago

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adjective plenty; a lot, many

lahalaha

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adjective wide

laulau

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overripe coconut apple

laulau

laulau

noun serving dish basket made from coconut palm

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

lele

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verb fly

leoleo

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noun the making of sounds repeatedly; talking

limalima

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adjective dexterous; quick

limasisi

noun pinky finger

luduludu

trembling

madaduai

madaduai

noun tool used to grate coconuts

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

mademadea

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

magalili

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

magamagalil ~ magalillili

adjective frequently magalili

malangilangi

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adjective happy

malemale

noun areola of the breast; a boil on the body

malianoono

lizard fish

malibilibi

noun crack (of a whip)

malili

noun fish sp.: goatfish

malili

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adjective scattered

malili de biho

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adjective balding

mammamu

noun fish (generic term; children’s speech only)

manavanava ~ manamanava

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adjective breathing

manumanu

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noun small red insect that sucks blood

maomao

more and more; diminshing rainfall

mee daadaa

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noun carved object; the act of carving

menemene

noun male genital organ

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

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

momme vaivaia o ssaalenga

noun puddle

moomoa

balls of grated taro (for making huaahuu)

mudumudu-dua-beau

damselfish

mugamuga

mugamuga

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

ngavalivali

adjective repeatedly ngavali (as a diving board in use)

noomeemea

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

onoonogia

noun an overindulgence in fatty foods, leading to a loss of appetite

saelesaele

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

saesaele

verb to wander around continually (doing so at present and likely to be doing so in the future)

saesaelea

verb to be continually walked upon

sali dodo

bleed

sausau

lion-fish

seene malili

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noun coins

sibasiba

verb to walk off-balance

sii mada daahaa

a fine jet of water

silisili

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adjective stopped, ended

sinsia

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noun plant species with white fragrant flowers

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

solasola

not homogenous or smooth (as lumpy dough, or the grated surface of taro)

sussunubega

wrasse (fish)

suuduuduu

defecate (children’s language)

uaua vaaligi

noun capillary

unuunu

nurse (at the breast)

vaivaidagodo

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adjective. evil, unscrupulous, immoral

vivi

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noun female genital area