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abasasa

noun European

aduisiisi

noun one’s first spouse

agaaga

noun having lots of roots

ahiahi danuaa

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good evening

alualu

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verb fish, hunt (during the day)

amuamu iho

noun drizzle

bala langi

noun rain

dada

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verb pull

dangada agoago taumaha

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noun priest

demee hagaangiangi

fan

dibadiba

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adjective unstable; rocking, as a boat

didi

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grass skirt

dihidihi

noun butterfly fish

dodo

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noun blood

doodou

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pronoun your (plural; for singular noun)

duga de gumigumi

verb allow one’s beard to grow

dugidugi tugi lau

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noun tool used to soften the pandanus leaf

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duu munimuni

hide and seek (game)

duuduu lagi

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

duumugamuga

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noun butt

gaagaa

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noun baby

gaanuunu

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bosom/breast

gabugabu

shore

gadigadi

verb have itch

galevaleva

bird species

gelegele

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adjective dirty

giligili tai

horizon

ginigini loola

a game played by children

gumigumi

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chin

hagaduuduulanga

a style of construction (consistently followed)

hagagudu

verb cause to have lice (by transfer)

hagalulu de langi

verb attract rain (by making certain noises)

hagamadahuuhua

verb cause to have pimples

hagamanomano

verb make many thousands

hagassui, hang gainga, hagamamane

urinate (piss)

hai mada dabu

an avoidance relationship between kin

hakaau unuunu

to cause an infant to feed at the breast

hakaugau

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verb wash someone

hatahata

noun chest (body part)

henua gelegele

atoll.

hohonga

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noun nest

hongagelegele baalanga

rust

huaamee daahaa

huaamee daahaa
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noun second stage of a green coconut

huaamee mugamuga

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

lavalava dui

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noun skirt; sewn skirt

lili

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adjective mad at, angry

lima madua

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thumb

loloa

adjective tall; long

luu adaadeu

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

maagaga dua

to walk with one’s shoulders unnaturally thrown back

madagudagu

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adjective cowardly (concerning others or supernaturals)

madumadua

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

magau baubau

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

mahamaha

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adjective beautiful

malamala

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noun small bits of things (e.g. sawdust)

malemalemo ~ malemolemo

noun a careless diver (who is frequently almost drowned)

malianoono

lizard fish

malili de biho

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adjective balding

malinolino ~ malimalino

verb becoming more and more calm (of weather)

manu dolodolo

noun animal (doesn’t include people)

manu-lalo-de-gelegele

mantis shrimp

manu-mangamanga

starfish

massagalala

noun burned (food)

massogosogo

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

mee hagaangiangi

mee hagaangiangi
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noun fan

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milomilosanga

the way in which a current moves about

mmili mmili

verb to sift; rub between fingers

mogomogo

noun muscle

molimoli

verb to take up slack in a line with hitches in order to maintain tension on something being hauled

moni gabegabe

noun paddling canoe

moni lele

airplane

moomoa-ganoanga

boxfish (yellow)

ngadi diinonga

pagan gods, idols

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)

saesaelea

verb to be continually walked upon

sau aloalo

echo

seesee

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verb walk

sigisiginga

say bad things about one to one’s face

sisi galisi

striped (with thin lines)

sogosogo

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adjective alone, only, by oneself; each

sogosogo

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orphaned

solasola

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

ssali dodo

verb bleed

ssuilebelebe

completely wet all over

taina ahine odogu dinana

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noun maternal aunt

tainadaane o dogu dinana

noun maternal uncle

tama legalega

infant

tinana

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noun mother (formal)

tinana o dogu dinana

noun maternal grandmother

tinana odogu dinana

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noun maternal grandmother

uaua

vein, tendon, nerve, plastic filament

uaua vaaligi

noun capillary

umiumidi

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verb like (someone or something), feel affection for

unuunu

nurse (at the breast)

vaivai daahili

a dirty song

vaivaidagodo

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adjective. evil, unscrupulous, immoral

viivii

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verb to put an infant to sleep by singing a lullaby