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aduisiisi

noun one’s first spouse

ahiahi

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noun evening

ahiahi

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noun fire

aladoidoi

noun iron (a piece of)

aliali

noun the barely formed gelatinous layer inside the immature coconut

angaanga

noun body

angaanga dabuvae

noun toenail

angaanga mada nia

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fingernail

banunu

banunu

noun hanging basket made from coconut palm

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

buibui

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noun cage; fence

daadaa mee

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verb (intransitive) carve

daaganga

noun kind of, sort of, variety of

dada

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verb pull

dahi daalaa

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noun dollar bill

dihidihi

noun butterfly fish

doa agalala

very big giant

dodo

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blood

dolodolo

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verb move from place to place; crawl

dookalala

stilts; walk on stilts

duga de gumigumi

verb allow one’s beard to grow

duu lellele

noun apodous sea cucumber

duu malaelae

an open field having no trees

duu-lellele

noun apodous sea cucumber

duudua

noun taro plant

gadagada

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verb laugh

gadigadi

noun itch

gadigadi

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noun itch

hagaeueu

a shrugging movement of the shoulders

hagaganimua

to treat as an eldest child

hagagili

cause to have skin disease

hagamademade gaiaa

cringe to deceive one’s opponent into thinking one is afraid (when one is not).

hagamaumau

study, attempt to memorize

hagao baubau

low wages, low-priced

hagassui, hang gainga, hagamamane

urinate (piss)

hai mada dabu

an avoidance relationship between kin

hai mogomogo

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adjective muscular

hakaugau

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verb wash someone

hale hongelegele

noun toilet

hale honggelegele

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noun bathroom, toilet

hatahata

noun chest (body part)

henua gelegele

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atoll (literally, sand island)

hoohonga

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noun hive, nest

huaamee daahaa

huaamee daahaa
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noun second stage of a green coconut

huluhulu mata

noun eyebrow

hungahunga a nui

the flower of the coconut tree

ivi gaogao

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rib

lagolago

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adjective plenty; a lot, many

laulau

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overripe coconut apple

lausese

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noun pants

lele tuli

childbirth

leoleo

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noun the making of sounds repeatedly; talking

lima sisi

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noun little finger

lodo baba

calmness, tranquility, freedom from worries

lodo baubau

adjective angry

loulou

to repeatedly use a breadfruit picker; pull (a trigger)

maailele

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verb die

maamaanu

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

mada gaanunu

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noun nipple

mademadea

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

madumadua

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adjective very old (person); elder

magalili

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adjective cold

malamalali

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adjective becoming more and more malali

malangilangi

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adjective happy

malibilibi

noun crack (of a whip)

malili de biho

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adjective balding

mammami

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adjective delicious (general)

mangunngungu

adjective the sound of something being chewed

manu dolodolo

noun animal (doesn’t include people)

manu lele

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noun bird

maohaoha

adjective broken up (into many pieces or groupings)

maomao

more and more; diminshing rainfall

masoasoa

spacious

masolesole

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adjective abraded in several places cf. masole

moana magalili

a cold underwater current

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

mosongenge

a name children tease each other with

mudumudu-dua-beau

damselfish

noomeemea

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

odiodi

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

olioli

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verb to put an infant to sleep by singing a lullaby

ouou

adjective Yes! Yes!

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)

seesee hagadibabida

waddle

segesege

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adjective slippery

silisili

adjective stopped, ended

sinaina

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verb having white hair

sogosogo

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orphaned

ssuonioni

sand

sussunubega

wrasse (fish)

suuduuduu

defecate (children’s language)

suusu

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noun shoe

tainadaane o dogu dinana

noun maternal uncle

tangada maagaga

industrious person

tibitibi

tibitibi

noun ball woven from coconut palm, used for sport

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ubu haohao

type of prepared food made from taro and coconut cream

vaaligiligi

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

vaivaidagodo

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adjective. evil, unscrupulous, immoral

velevele

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

vivi

noun female genital area