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aalali

noun a type of coral which grows on the lagoon bottom

ahiahi

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noun evening

ahiahi danuaa

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good evening

ahiahi gohugohu

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noun dawn

alohaha

noun throat (of fish only)

amuamu iho

noun drizzle

aneane

noun the physical desire of a member of the opposite sex

angaanga madania

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noun fingernail

bala langi

noun rain

biigii hahine

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noun sow

bodobodo

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adjective short

boialiali

noun the light just before daybreak

buibui

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noun cage; fence

daadaanga

noun appearance of

dabadaba

noun slipper lobster

dahi daalaa

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noun dollar bill

didi

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grass skirt

dodo

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blood

dogi daadaa

noun adze with a small blade for light chipping

donadona

covered in warts/moles

dudu

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verb burn (transitive)

duu-lellele

noun apodous sea cucumber

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

gasogaso

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adjective narrow (skirts, fabric, road)

haadodo

the connecting pegs of the outrigger float

hagaaduadu dangada

critical of others

hagadaga age

improving

hagaduuduulanga

a style of construction (consistently followed).

hagaganimua

to treat as an eldest child

hagagudu

cause to have lice (by transfer)

hagahongagainga

to make a chil urinate

hagamaamaane

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verb urinate

hagamalele

complete (something); kill (someone)

hagamogomogo

take special care of, cherish

hai de hilihili

hold an election

hai sogosogo

masturbate

hakaanunu

verb breastfeed

hale hongelegele

noun toilet

haonga gelegele

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noun anus

hatahata

noun chest (body part)

henua gelegele

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atoll (literally, sand island)

hihi mada

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eyebrow

hohonga

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noun nest

huaamee daahaa

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noun second stage of a green coconut

hudaa lolo

flood-like waves on the reef; tidal wave

hungahunga a nui

the flower of the coconut tree

hungahunga-a-nui

the flower of the coconut tree

laulau

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a type of basket

laulau

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overripe coconut apple

laulau

laulau
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noun serving dish basket made from coconut palm

lavalava

noun wrap skirt; sarong

lavalava dui

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noun skirt; sewn skirt

leuleu

adjective becoming leu (ripe)

lima sisi

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noun little finger

limamalie

good at massaging

lolo hai haahine

a love potion (applied to the clothes or body)

looloa

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adjective long

luu adaadeu

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

maagaga dua

to walk with one’s shoulders unnaturally thrown back

madaduai

madaduai

noun tool used to grate coconuts

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madaladala

adjective easily unfastened or untied

mahamaha

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adjective beautiful

malali de biho

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adjective bald

malamalali

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adjective becoming more and more malali

malenlena

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adjective stretchable

maluilui

adjective turned this way and that way, turned over and over

malulu

adjective cold (referring to temperature of something)

manavanava ~ manamanava

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adjective breathing

mangungungungu

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adjective the sound of something being chewed

manu dolodolo

noun animal (doesn’t include people)

manumanuhi

adjective frequently manuhi

menemene

noun male genital organ

mmili mmili

verb to sift; rub between fingers

moomoa-ganoanga

boxfish (yellow)

mounuunu

verb easily mounu

mudumudu-dua-beau

damselfish

ngaangailu

noun hair (on the head)

noho dodo

coagulation of blood

olioli

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verb to put an infant to sleep by singing a lullaby

sabiningaa lau

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noun rolls of softened pandanus leaf

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saesaelea

verb to be continually walked upon

sali daadaa

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verb perspire

sau aloalo

echo

seesee haangoda saele

look for girls

seisei

pipefish

sii mada daahaa

a fine jet of water

sinasinaa

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adjective white headed; old (of living things); big (of animals)

sinasinaina

adjective white headed; old (of living things); big (of animals)

sisi galisi

striped (with thin lines)

soesoe gulu

a young breadfruit tree

ssali dodo

verb bleed

suisui

become wet

tainadaane o dogu dinana

noun maternal uncle

tinana o dogu bodu

noun mother-in-law

uaua nnui

noun larger blood vessels

umiumidi

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verb like (someone or something), feel affection for

vaivai

intensifier too; overly

vaivai daahili

a dirty song