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alaala dangada

noun false labor pains (of a pregnant woman)

aliali

noun the barely formed gelatinous layer inside the immature coconut

aude vaavaa

don’t talk about this to anyone

baabaa gadea

verb to steer a canoe to the side away from its outrigger (opp. of baabaa ama)

babaiangi

verb a type of cloud formation (dark but not threatening rain)

basa hagasengasenga

adjective speak in riddles or aphoristically or in parables

bonabona age lodo

feel fearful

booboo me

adjective massage (as a medical treatment)

dada mamu

adjective an impatient fisherman

dagadagai

adjective tending to dagai

dahi-malali

time noun the first number of a counting game played to determine who is "it"

dala-dalaa-moa

noun plantsp.: lycopodium phlegmaria l.

daumaha hagaulu

noun the church service at which new members are accepted

deai donu angaanga

nothing at all

degidegi

adjective having a kind or generous nature

donadona

verb covered with dona

duudua-a-de-honu

noun seaweedsp.

galogalo malama

noun the last quarter of the moon (rising inthe east just before sunrise)

haahaula age de me

become bright (with morning sunlight)

hadahada ama

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

haduhadua

verb rocky (full of stones)

hagaaduadu iho

self-criticism

hagaago

verb imitate; show, teach; to urge

hagabalabala

verb make loose; make soft; be a defeatist

hagadaga ange

increase in

hakaaununu

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verb breastfeed

helelei

adjective fly at the same time

henua gelegele

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atoll (literally, sand island)

hunehune

noun the fibers on the core of the breadfruit

ivi gaogao

noun rib

kaianeane

adjective show-off

laaladi

verb to scratch (an itch)

lagalaga

verb to put down one foot after the other (as in walking or marching in place)

lebelebe

noun fishsp.: jack

maaileele

adjective die,dead (persons or animals)

maamaai

adjective ripening (of breadfruit only)

madaladala

adjective easily unfastened or untied

magi iviivi

adjective any illness characterized by wasting of the body (esp. t.b.), consumption

magimagiaa

adjective frequently magiaa

mahanahana

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adjective very hot

malianoono

noun fishsp.: lizardfish

manavanava gimoo

adjective panting (as when short of breath)

manavanava ~ manamanava

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adjective breathing

mangunngungu

adjective the sound of something being chewed

masa bagubagu

adjective dry reef (at very low tide)

mounuunu

adjective easily mounu

ngaangaailu

noun hair

sabiningaa lau

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noun rolls of softened pandanus leaf

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sali dodo

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verb bleed

segesege

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adjective slippery