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adiadi

verb relate repeatedly

alaala

noun fish sp.: jack (2 sorts) (= small tulua)

aloalo me

noun the current nearest to the (seaward) outer reef of the atoll

amuamu iho

noun drizzle

anengenenge

noun mollusk sp.: conus chaldaeus

au taadaaia

verb don’t rush take it easy

baba

noun fish sp., squirrelfish

baba

adjective level (not bumpy); (any sort of) flat base (esp. the board on which mats are plaited); the consolidated reef under water or sand; the back of a human; the shell of a turtle, crab, etc.; to be ready

baba age

be decided about

babaiangi ina

cloudy, with clouds of the babaiangi type

boi gadagada

adjective laugh all the time at nothing

bolili

noun a type of prepared food

bubu

adjective move about

buibui

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noun cage; fence

bulobulou

verb to net flying fish

daane mada daua

noun bravest in war

dada saiolo

adjective to hoist a sail

dagimomo

adjective few for each one

dahi daalaa

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noun dollar bill

dahuuhuu

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noun roof

daladala

verb say again and again

dalodalo keli

adjective pray earnestly

dalodaloa

verb pray for

dangada abasasa

adjective european persons (including americans)

dangada agoago taumaha

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noun priest

dangage age

adjective raise up one’s head from a lowered position

daudali

adjective follow (someone)

daumaha hagaulu

noun the church service at which new members are accepted

denei nei ()

this is it (is this it)

devedeve

adjective standing out all over (of feathers, etc.)

dilodilonga

noun the manner in which one looks at one’s reflection or appearance

doedoe

adjective still remaining, still leftover

dongidongi

verb spotted (covered with spots); to keep pointing at or peeking at

doo togonogo

adjective separation of the tip (caudal vertebrae) of the spine

duu lellele

noun apodous sea cucumber

duu-lellele

noun apodous sea cucumber

duudanga aheahe

noun refrain (of song)

galogalo

adjective look around (with one’s eyes only)

gaogao

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geevee

noun birdsp.: easternwhimbrel(numenius phaeopus)

gohugohu

adjective becoming very dark (decreasing in natural light)

googoo

noun birdsp.: japanesesnipe (capella hardwickii)

haahaangodalia

verb a place which has been fished in over and over

hagaahiahi

adjective wait until nearly sunset (to do something)

hagabadabaataianga

noun

hagadaga iho

adjective worsening

hagadibadibalia

verb cause to hagadibadiba

hagadubu manu baabaa

noun the name of a certain type of string figure

hagahahine

adjective treat as a woman

hagao baubau

adjective low wages, low-priced

hagassui, hang gainga, hagamamane

urinate (piss)

hai de hilihili

hold an election

hai sogosogo

adjective masturbate oneself

hakaligali

verb grooved

hano de mama

escaping fumes (from a poorly sealedcontainer)

haula ngongo

adjective to roast ngongo (in a fire)

holiholi

noun build (of a person); appearance(distinctive of an individual)

huaamee mugamuga

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noun first stage of a green coconut; youngest coconut

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huluhulu-manenga

time noun the tenth number of a counting game played to determine who is "it" (= the person who becomes "it")

isiisi luu gauanga

to tear off (a person’s) legs

ivi gaogao

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kave dagi de momo

take a little (or few) at a time

labodo-sisi

noun eelsp.: snakeeel

labulabu sala

adjective fail to take hold of (or do) properly(leading to an accident, or other unfortunate outcome)

lalaa

verb sizzling noise (as in frying)

laulau gai

a canoe used to transport food to a feast

lele tua

adjective to pull a back muscle (or pinch a nerve) and thus collapse

lilolilo

adjective in a sheltered place

longolongo i adamagi

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

luuluu haha

gargle, wash one’s mouth out

maagaga

adjective industrious

maaileele

adjective die,dead (persons or animals)

mademadea

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

madolidoli

verb of unusual age or size

malali de biho

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adjective bald

malamalali

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adjective becoming more and more malali

malumalu-tangohi

adjective the light after sunset; twilight (in the evening)

manu lele vaaligiligi

noun flying insect

manumanuhi

adjective frequently manuhi

masausau

verb goodat fighting

masoasoa

adjective spacious

massagalala

verb burned (food)

me abasasa

noun european things (gear, etc.)

moana dugidugi

noun far from any land, in the open sea

moana magalili

a cold underwater current

modimodi

adjective walk stealthily in a crouch

ngaangailu

noun hair (on the head)

ngadi seesee

adjective walk barefoot,stroll

ngudu leelee

verb talkative,loquacious

sabisabini

verb wrap up or tie up over and over

sasaanimadava

noun fishsp.: shark sp.

sasao

adjective escape one after the other

seene malili

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noun coins

seesee haangoda saele

look for girls

seisei

noun fishsp.: pipefish

sigisiginga

say bad things about one to one’s face

sinaina

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verb having white hair

singa sogosogo

adjective do something (e.g., work) all by oneself

sisi

mollusk, sp. Neritidae

tinana o dogu dinana

noun maternal grandmother