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adaada

dawn

aduisiisi

noun one’s first spouse

alualu

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verb fish, hunt (during the day)

aneane

noun the physical desire of a member of the opposite sex

angaanga magau

noun dead body

angaange magau

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noun dead body

bala langi

noun rain

banuunu

banuunu
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noun hanging basket made from coconut palm

biigii hahine

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noun sow

daadaa

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verb (transitive) carve (something)

daadaa

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noun sweat

dadaage

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verb raise (a flag)

dibadiba

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adjective unstable; rocking, as a boat

dibononi

noun the youngest child of a couple

dogi daadaa

noun adze with a small blade for light chipping

donadona

covered in warts/moles

dookalala

stilts; walk on stilts

duu munimuni

hide and seek (game)

gaadinga hagaangiangi

copra dried in the wind (not in the sun or in an oven)

gadigadi

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noun itch

gaga

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noun dry brown husk from the branches of the coconut palm

gaogao

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noun, preposition hip; beside

gelegele

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adjective dirty

giligili

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noun stone

giligili tai

horizon

gilimalali

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adjective clean

gumigumi huluhulu

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noun beard (lit. hair on the chin)

hadu hagamogomogo

gem

hagaduuduulanga

a style of construction (consistently followed).

hagagili

cause to have skin disease

hagahongagainga

to make a chil urinate

haimee baubau

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verb sexual intercourse; fornication

hakaanunu

verb breastfeed

halihalibaa

flatfish

hatahata

noun chest (body part)

henua gelegele

atoll.

hiihii mada

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noun eyelash(es)

huluhulu mata

noun eyebrow

hungahunga-a-nui

the flower of the coconut tree

huuhuaa me

sorcery (made with chants)

idiidi

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noun April

laulau gai

a canoe used to transport food to a feast

lausese

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noun pants

lavalava

noun wrap skirt; sarong

lele sseni

insomnia (after sleeping for a short while)

leoleo

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noun the making of sounds repeatedly; talking

leuleu

adjective becoming leu (ripe)

lodo baba

calmness, tranquility, freedom from worries

lodo baubau

adjective angry

lolo manu-de-boo

a type of medicine made from coconut oil and centipedes

longolongo i adamagi

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

longolongo i leaala

rumor

loulou

to repeatedly use a breadfruit picker; pull (a trigger)

luduludu

trembling

luu adaadeu

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

maamaanu

remain stationary in the air (like a bird or a helicopter)

madaangahulu daalaa buni

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noun ten dollar bill

madagudagu

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adjective cowardly (concerning others or supernaturals)

madaladala

adjective easily unfastened or untied

madamada

half-cooked

madumadua

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adjective very old (person); elder

magamagalil ~ magalillili

adjective frequently magalili

malamalali

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adjective becoming more and more malali

malibilibia

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

manu lele vaaligiligi

noun flying insect

manu-lalo-de-gelegele

mantis shrimp

manu-mangamanga

starfish

me maimai

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candy

milomilosanga

the way in which a current moves about

mmili mmili

verb to sift; rub between fingers

modomodo

modomodo
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noun stage between a young green coconut and a mature brown coconut

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molimoli

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

molomolo

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adjective round, clear in outline

moni deledele

noun sailing canoe

mosongenge

a name children tease each other with

nengenenge

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verb tickle; to catch an octopus by tickling it (to dislodge it from its hole)

neveneve

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noun spider

ngaangaailu

noun hair

ngadi seesee

walk barefoot, stroll

ngungu

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verb chew, masticate (foods that make noise)

noho dodo

coagulation of blood

noonounu

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verb repeatedly nounu

sabiningaa lau

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noun rolls of softened pandanus leaf

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sali dodo

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verb bleed

sausau

lion-fish

seene malili

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noun coins

sigisiginga

say bad things about one to one’s face

solasola

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

ssuilebelebe

completely wet all over

taina daane odogu dinana

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noun maternal uncle

tangada maagaga

industrious person

tangada sisi

secretary

tinana o dogu bodu

noun mother-in-law

tinana o dogu damana

noun paternal grandmother

tinana odogu dinana

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noun maternal grandmother

uaua nnui

noun larger blood vessels

uliuli

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adjective black

unuunu

nurse (at the breast)

vaaligiligi

adjective small (for a vast plural noun; used with dengaa)

viivii

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verb to put an infant to sleep by singing a lullaby