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abasasa

noun European

ahiahi gohugohu

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noun dawn

alaala dangada

noun false labor pains (of a pregnant woman)

anga baabaa

noun mollusk sp., spider conch

angaanga mada nia

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fingernail

baabaa luu lima

clap hands

bangabanga

noun fish sp.

baubau

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adjective bad

bodobodo

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adjective short

boialiali

noun the light just before daybreak

daahaa

daahaa
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noun second stage of a green coconut; type of huaamee

dahi daalaa

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noun dollar bill

deehee

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how

demee hagaangiangi

fan

dodo

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blood

doodou

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pronoun your (plural; for singular noun)

dookalala

stilts; walk on stilts

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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gaanunu

noun breast

gadagada

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verb laugh

gadigadi

noun itch

galavalava

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

galevaleva

bird species

gangong

noun plant species whose leaf is used for cooking

ganoango

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adjective yellow

gaogao

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hip

gasogaso

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adjective narrow (skirts, fabric, road)

geegeno

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noun crocodile

gegeno

alligator, crocodile

gelegele

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noun sand

hagadaga age

improving

hagaganimua

verb to treat as an eldest child

hagagili

verb cause to have skin disease

hagamadahuuhua

verb cause to have pimples

hagamademade gaiaa

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

hagamogomgo

verb cause to be muscular

hagausiusi

verb becoming darker (of sky or clouds)

hai mada dabu

an avoidance relationship between kin

hakaugau

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verb wash someone

hale honggelegele

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noun bathroom, toilet

hanohano

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noun diarrhea

henua gelegele

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atoll (literally, sand island)

henua gelegele

atoll.

hihi mada

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eyebrow

hihi mata

noun eyelash

hiihii mada

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noun eyelash(es)

hongagelegele baalanga

rust

hungahunga a nui

the flower of the coconut tree

huuhuaa me

sorcery (made with chants)

ivi gaogao

noun rib

ivi ngongo

noun collar bone

lavalava dui

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noun skirt; sewn skirt

lodo baubau

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adjective angry

lohaloha

verb measure off in fathoms

lolo

oil

lolo hai haahine

a love potion (applied to the clothes or body)

lolo manu de boo

a type of medicine made from coconut oil and centipedes

longolongo iho dalinga

pick up information from others’ conversation

madaangahulu daalaa buni

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noun ten dollar bill

madalima daalaa

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noun fifty dollar bill

malala

noun ashes

malali de biho

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adjective bald

malemalemo ~ malemolemo

noun a careless diver (who is frequently almost drowned)

malibilibi

noun crack (of a whip)

manu lele

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noun bird

manu-mangamanga

starfish

manumanu

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noun small red insect that sucks blood

masaova balalangi o lote ngadau

noun rainy season

massogosogo

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

me maimai

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candy

mee hagaangiangi

mee hagaangiangi
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noun fan

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milomilosanga

the way in which a current moves about

molomolo

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adjective round, clear in outline

momo

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quantifier few

moomoa-ganoanga

boxfish (yellow)

mosongenge

a name children tease each other with

ngaangailu

noun hair (on the head)

onoonogia

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

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)

saesaele

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

sausau

lion-fish

seene malili

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noun coins

sii mada daahaa

a fine jet of water

singasinga

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verb to wave back and forth (as a coconut tree in the wind)

sogosogo

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orphaned

ssuilebelebe

completely wet all over

suisui

become wet

suuduuduu

defecate (children’s language)

suusu

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noun shoe

taina daane odogu dinana

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noun maternal uncle

tangada agoago

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noun teacher

tinana

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noun mother (formal)

tuu banibani

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noun sea cucumber

uaua

crave (for food)

uaua

noun vein or artery (blood vessel)

vaivai

intensifier too; overly

viivii

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verb to put an infant to sleep by singing a lullaby

vinivini

noun wrinkle (fabric)