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abaaba

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noun door

adaadeu

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

agoago

noun taro fibers

ahiahi gohu

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noun dawn

aneane

noun the physical desire of a member of the opposite sex

anga baabaa

noun mollusk sp., spider conch

baabaa luu lima

clap hands

baba

noun fish sp., squirrelfish

bodobodo

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adjective short

buuganga

noun a trip for a festive or recreational purpose

daadaa

noun sibling (mostly children’s talk)

daadaanga

noun appearance of

dadaage

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verb raise (a flag)

dahi daalaa

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noun dollar bill

deehee

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how

didi

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grass skirt

dogi daadaa

noun adze with a small blade for light chipping

doodou

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pronoun your (plural; for singular noun)

dudu

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verb burn (transitive)

dumugamuga

noun butt

duu malaelae

an open field having no trees

gulu maimai

breadfruit with smooth skin

hadahada

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chest

hadahada ama

the platform fastened on top of the outrigger booms of a canoe

hagaabasasa

act like or emulate Europeans

hagaaduadu dangada

critical of others

hagagili

cause to have skin disease

hagamaimai

sweeten

hagangadinei

adjective mean; inconsiderate

hagassui/hang gainga/hagamamane

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verb urinate (piss)

haha

mouth odor

hai dodo

bleeding profusely

hai sogosogo

masturbate

haimee baubau

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verb sexual intercourse; fornication

hakaau unuunu

to cause an infant to feed at the breast

hakaugau

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verb wash someone

hale gaugau

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bath house

hale honggelegele

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noun bathroom, toilet

hoohonga

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noun hive, nest

huluhulu

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noun hair (not on the head); fur

hungahunga-a-nui

the flower of the coconut tree

huuhuaa mee

sorcery (made with chants)

kano avaavaa

porous

lahalaha

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adjective wide

langolango

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

laulau

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a type of basket

lausese

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noun pants

lavalava

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noun wrap skirt; sarong

lele sseni

insomnia (after sleeping for a short while)

lima sisi

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noun little finger

limalima

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adjective dexterous; quick

lolo

oil

longolongo i adamagi

to pick up information by asking others, who have lied (so that one’s information is false)

longolongo iho dalinga

pick up information from others’ conversation

mada dabuvae

noun toenail

madalima daalaa

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noun fifty dollar bill

mademadea

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

magalili

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adjective cold

malala

noun ashes

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

malibilibia

adjective sharp (esp something which causes sharp pain like a whip)

malillili

adjective to feel the nibbling of fish on a fishing line

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)

maomao

more and more; diminshing rainfall

moana magalili

a cold underwater current

molimoli

to carry things repeatedly / in multiple trips from one place to another

moni gabegabe

noun paddling canoe

mudimudi

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verb walk stealthily in a crouch

obeobea

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adjective having many eyes (of the taro corm)

onoonogia

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

sali dodo

bleed

sau aloalo

echo

segesege

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adjective slippery

sii mada daahaa

a fine jet of water

sii valavala

spray

singasinga

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

sinsia

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noun plant species with white fragrant flowers

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sisi

verb write

sisi gaadinga

to cut copra

soesoe gulu

a young breadfruit tree

sogosogo

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adjective alone, only, by oneself; each

sogosogo

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orphaned

songosongo

genitals (of males or females)

sussunubega

wrasse (fish)

suusu

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noun shoe

tainadaane o dogu dinana

noun maternal uncle

tama legalega

infant

tamana o dogu dinana

noun maternal grandfather

tamana odogu dinana

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noun maternal grandfather

tangada sisi

secretary

tinana o dogu dinana

noun maternal grandmother

tinana odogu damana

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noun paternal grandmother

uaua

crave (for food)

uaua vaaligi

noun capillary

unuunu

nurse (at the breast)

vaivaidagodo

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adjective. evil, unscrupulous, immoral