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adaada age

first light of the moon

agaaga

noun having lots of roots

ahiahi

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noun fire

aladoidoi

noun iron (a piece of)

alohaha

noun throat (of fish only)

anga baabaa

noun mollusk sp., spider conch

angaanga madania

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noun fingernail

angaanga magau

noun dead body

balagia a de gaga

noun fish sp., parrot fish

balaulau

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adjective ugly

baubau

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adjective bad

biigii

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noun pig

biigii hahine

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noun sow

buibui

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noun cage; fence

daahaa modomodo

daahaa modomodo
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noun third stage of a green coconut

deehee

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how

dibononi

noun the youngest child of a couple

dilodilonga

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

duu molomolo

visible clearly

duu munimuni

hide and seek (game)

duuduu lagi

a diving plaform made from a tree stuck in a coral head

duuduu manu

a diving plaform made from a tree stuck in a coral head

gaadinga hagaangiangi

copra dried in the wind (not in the sun or in an oven)

gaagaa

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noun baby

gadagada

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verb laugh

galevaleva

bird species

gelegele

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adjective dirty

giligili

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noun stone

gimoo lele

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noun bat

googoo

noun dark images, shadows in the darkness

hagaabasasa

verb act like or emulate Europeans

hagaeueu

verb a shrugging movement of the shoulders

hagagudu

verb cause to have lice (by transfer)

hagalulu de langi

verb attract rain (by making certain noises)

hagamadahuuhua

verb cause to have pimples

hagangadimee

adjective mean; inconsiderate

hagassui/hang gainga/hagamamane

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verb urinate (piss)

hai mada dabu

an avoidance relationship between kin

henua gelegele

atoll.

hongagelegele baalanga

rust

huaamee daahaa

huaamee daahaa
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noun second stage of a green coconut

huluhulu mada

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noun eyebrow

huuhuaa me

sorcery (made with chants)

huuhuaa mee

sorcery (made with chants)

lagolago

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adjective plenty; a lot, many

langolango

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

laubalabala

adjective slack (of rope); soft (of skin or paper); pliable (of hair); flexible

lavalava

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noun wrap skirt; sarong

lele

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verb fly

lollolo

oily

lolo manu-de-boo

a type of medicine made from coconut oil and centipedes

loloa

adjective tall; long

looloa

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adjective long

loulou

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

maamaa

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verb chew

mada gaanunu

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noun nipple

madaduai

madaduai

noun tool used to grate coconuts

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madamada

half-cooked

mademadea

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

malemale

noun areola of the breast; a boil on the body

malemalemo ~ malemolemo

noun a careless diver (who is frequently almost drowned)

malili

noun fish sp.: goatfish

mammamu

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

manumanuhi

adjective frequently manuhi

maomao

more and more; diminshing rainfall

me hagasengasenga

riddle, parable

me maimai

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candy

mogomogo

noun muscle

moomoa

balls of grated taro (for making huaahuu)

muli lele

the rear tip of the turtle shell

musumusu

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verb whisper

ngadi seesee

walk barefoot, stroll

sabiningaa lau

sabiningaa lau
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noun rolls of softened pandanus leaf

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saelesaele

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

sali daadaa

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verb perspire

sali dodo

bleed

seesee haangoda saele

look for girls

seisei

pipefish

sese

verb walk

sii mada daahaa

a fine jet of water

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)

sisi

mollusk, sp. Neritidae

sisi galisi

striped (with thin lines)

sogosogo

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adjective alone, only, by oneself; each

sogosogo

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orphaned

somosomo

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

ssuilebelebe

completely wet all over

suisui

become wet

tainadaane o dogu dinana

noun paternal uncle

tamana odogu dinana

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noun maternal grandfather

tibitibi

tibitibi

noun ball woven from coconut palm, used for sport

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tinana odogu damana

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noun paternal grandmother

tuu banibani

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noun sea cucumber

ua dodo

rain of a reddish color - an omen of death

uaua

vein, tendon, nerve, plastic filament

ubu haohao

type of prepared food made from taro and coconut cream

vaivai

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adjective watery, bad - (when followed by another word)

vaivai daahili

a dirty song

vivi

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noun female genital area