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agaaga

noun having lots of roots

ahiahi gohu

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noun dawn

alaala dangada

noun false labor pains (of a pregnant woman)

angaanga dabu vae

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toenail

angaanga dabuvae

noun toenail

angaanga madania

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noun fingernail

angaanga magau

noun dead body

bolobolo

bolobolo
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noun long boat-like basket made from coconut palm

dabadaba

noun slipper lobster

dadaage

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verb raise (a flag)

dahi daalaa

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noun dollar bill

demee hagaangiangi

fan

didi

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grass skirt

dihidihi

noun butterfly fish

dinana

noun mother (formal)

doa agalala

very big giant

dodo

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noun blood

dolodolo

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verb move from place to place; crawl

doodou

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pronoun your (plural; for singular noun)

duumugamuga

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noun butt

ebuebu

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bubbles

gaaunuunu

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noun breast, bosom

galevaleva

bird species

galu/augau

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mucus

gangong

noun plant species whose leaf is used for cooking

gaogao

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noun, preposition hip; beside

gasogaso

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adjective narrow (skirts, fabric, road)

gumigumi

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chin

gumigumi huluhulu

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noun beard (lit. hair on the chin)

hadahada

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chest

hagaaduadu dangada

verb critical of others

hagaganimua

verb to treat as an eldest child

hagagili

verb cause to have skin disease

hagamaamaane

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verb urinate

hagamalele

verb complete (something); kill (someone)

hagangadinei

adjective mean; inconsiderate

hagausiusi

verb becoming darker (of sky or clouds)

hagausiusi de me

a sky covered with rain clouds

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adjective muscular

hale gaugau

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noun bath house

henua gelegele

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atoll (literally, sand island)

hihi mada

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eyebrow

hongagelegele baalanga

rust

hoohonga

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noun hive, nest

huluhulu mada

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noun eyebrow

hungahunga a nui

the flower of the coconut tree

hungahunga-a-nui

the flower of the coconut tree

lagolago

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adjective plenty; a lot, many

langolango

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

laulau

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hundreds and hundreds

laulau

laulau

noun serving dish basket made from coconut palm

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 06/10/15

laulau gai

noun a canoe used to transport food to a feast

lavalava dui

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noun skirt; sewn skirt

lele sseni

insomnia (after sleeping for a short while)

leoleo

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noun the making of sounds repeatedly; talking

limalima

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adjective dexterous; quick

lodo baba

calmness, tranquility, freedom from worries

lohaloha

verb measure off in fathoms

lollolo

oily

lolo

oil

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

luduludu

trembling

luu adaadeu

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

madaduai

madaduai

noun tool used to grate coconuts

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madagudagu

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adjective cowardly (concerning others or supernaturals)

madalima daalaa

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noun fifty dollar bill

magalili

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adjective cold

magamagalil ~ magalillili

adjective frequently magalili

mahamaha

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adjective beautiful

mangunngungu

adjective the sound of something being chewed

manu lele vaaligiligi

noun flying insect

manumanuhi

adjective frequently manuhi

mee daadaa

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noun carved object; the act of carving

moemoe

adjective becoming more round, spherical

molimoli

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

mosongenge

a name children tease each other with

ngavalivali

adjective repeatedly ngavali (as a diving board in use)

ouou

adjective Yes! Yes!

sali daadaa

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verb perspire

sese

verb walk

sigisiginga

say bad things about one to one’s face

sii mada daahaa

a fine jet of water

siisii

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noun fishing pole

silisili

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adjective stopped, ended

sinsia

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noun plant species with white fragrant flowers

Example: Photo by Emily Drummond, 06/11/15

sisi galisi

striped (with thin lines)

soesoe gulu

a young breadfruit tree

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)

ssuilebelebe

completely wet all over

tibitibi

tibitibi

noun ball woven from coconut palm, used for sport

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tinana o dogu dinana

noun maternal grandmother

tinana odogu dinana

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noun maternal grandmother

tuu mugamuga

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buttocks

uaua

crave (for food)

uaua

vein, tendon, nerve, plastic filament

umiumidi

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verb like (someone or something), feel affection for