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ma    me    mi    mo    moa    mm    mp    

ma   conj. if.

mah   adj. old, aged; ripe.

mai₁   n. stone or coral fish trap.

mai₂   adj. skillful. [Jap. umai]

mahi   n. the generic name for breadfruit; a major food source that is also used for building canoes, carvings, medicine, and glue; the inner-bark was once used to make women's clothing. Artocarpus altilis and Artocarpus mariannensis.

maiai   adj. unlucky, unfortunate.

maiauda, also maiouda.   vi. to be relieved, to be free from encumbrances, to be free from worry.

maikol   n. overripe breadfruit; breadfruit that has been ripened for two days by the dokomei method.

maing   n. sir, madam.

maingih, also meingih.   vt. to speak to another using respect forms of speech. meing, vi.

maoakani   n. mahogany. [Eng.]

mahu   n. fish spp., any bluish parrotfish.

mahuenmoar   n. fish sp., a kind of parrotfish.

mahulik   n. fish sp., steepheaded parrotfish, Scarus gibbus.

maun   vi. to be right-handed.

maud   n. fish sp., bridled grouper, Epinephelus septemfasciatus.

maudel   vi. to yawn.

mahk₁   1. adj. reserved, containing one's feelings for fear of self-embarrassment or embarrassing others, constrained in one's action by a social situation, formal in one's relations with others. 2. n. deference.

mahk₂   n. mark, insignia, sign. [Eng.]

mahkada   vi. to stop, of rain.

mahkenwol   vi. extreme form of mahk₁.

mahkehngie   interj. Excuse me!, Forgive me!

mahkete   conj. otherwise. Ke pwand; mahkete ke iang irail kohla mwemweit. You are late; otherwise you could have gone visiting with them.

makiaki   vi. to sob.

makinet   n. magnet. [Eng.]

makirehl   n. canned mackerel. [Eng.]

mahkoneidi   vi. to cease, resulting in a return to normalcy.

makoroni   n. macaroni. [Eng.]

makunai   adj. stupid, incapable of learning, unskillful. [Jap. umakunai]

mahl   1. adj. excessively bright. 2. n. temporary blindness induced by excessive light. cf. [meing] mwoluhpei.

malau   adj. far apart.

malaulau   adj. few.

mahlahl   adj. slow, of speech; of waves, separated by long intervals.

malamal   adj. slow, referring to long intervals between some repetitious activity.

malangalang   adj. discomforted, by filth or something unpleasant looking; prissy.

malahsis   n. molasses, a molasses-like syrup made from the sap of the coconut palm. [Eng.]

malahd   n. a variety of rahmedel (a cultivar of sakau) <Piper methysticum>.

malekelek   n. fish sp., slingsaw wrasse, Epibulus insidiator.

malekenwel   n. bird sp.,chicken, Gallus domesticus.

mahlenih   vt. [mahlen <Ger.] see mahlen.

mahlengida   meing. vi. to look up. cf. sarada₁.

maledek   adj. roomy; free, at ease in doing something.

mahliel   n. an eye condition caused by exposure to glare, resulting in sensitivity to light.

mahliok   adj. calm and overcast, with no rain, used in describing the weather.

malimalih   meing. vt. to blow with air expelled from the mouth.

malipe   meing. vt. to call. malipilip, vi.

mall   n. open grasslands, savannah, natural clearing in the forest, a grassy, unfertile area; an area with little topsoil.

mamahd   vt. to maximize the volume of one's voice.

mame   n. beans. [Jap. mame]

mamenoki   n. tree sp. [Jap. mamenoki : bean tree]

man   vi. to take hold, to stick; to be effective.

mahn   n. animal, insect.

manaida   n. chopping board. [Jap. manaita]

manaman   1. adj. power rooted in spiritual or magical sources, magical, mysterious, spiritual; official; sovereign, authority. 2. n. magic, mysterious or spiritual power; miracle; authority; sovereignty. 3. vi. to hold legal title to land.

manih   vt. to wink at. men₄, vi. cf. [meing] limasawairokih.

mahnien   adj. calm, cool, not easily disturbed, of people.

manokehla, also mankonehla.   vt. to forget. manokonokala, vi.

mankonehla, also manokehla.   vt. to forget. manokonokala, vi.

mannaka   n. name of one of the holes in the marble game anaire. [Jap. mannaka]

mansu   n. a kind of dumpling stuffed with red bean jam. [Jap. manjū]

mand   adj. tame.

Mand   n. a section (kousapw) and a valley in Madolenihmw.

manda   n. next day.

mandaken aio   n. day before yesterday.

mandolihn   n. mandolin. [Eng.]

manterihn, also manterihng.   n. Mandarin orange, tangerine. [Eng.]

mangarangar   vi. to be sickened by too much greasy food.

mangat   n. a group of banana cultivars, mostly eaten raw.

mangat en alohkapw   n. a banana cultivar, mostly eaten cooked.

mangil   n. (3sg. mangile) handle of a tool.

mangk   n. the position of the body assumed when ready for sexual intercourse, especially of women.

mangnga   1. n. cartoon, comic strip; character, clown. 2. vi. to be a character, to be a clown; to be foppish. [Jap. manga]

map   n. map. [Eng.]

mahr₁   n. preserved breadfruit; meiniwe cultivars are preferred for this purpose.

mahr₂   n. fish sp., masked rabbitfish, Siganus puellus.

marain   1. adj. bright, either with reference to light or intelligence; civilized, enlightened. 2. n. civilization.

Marahu   n. a section (kousapw) in Kitti.

maram   n. moon; moonlight.

maram mat   n. full moon.

maram pwul   n. new moon.

marapat   n. fish sp.

marahra   adj. fast, swift, of a moving object; light₁, in weight.

marasau   n. tree sp., Aglaia ponapensis, used medicinally.

marasaras   adj. empty-headed, ignorant, lacking knowledge, uncultured, having no understanding of Pohnpeian culture (tiahk).

maradahn   n. old preserved breadfruit.

mahrek   n. fern sp., Cyclosorus adenophorus.

marekeng   adj. dry, of the hair or skin.

marekileng   meing. n. in a nahs, the area where the Nahnmwarki sits.

marep₁   vi. to blink. cf. [meing] kekuhrek.

marep₂   n. fish sp., goatfish, Upeneus arge.

marer   vi. to hiccough.

maresed   n. preserved breadfruit, prepared by soaking whole peeled fruit in the ocean for two days, after which they are placed whole in the pit.

marop   vi. to be smashed, to be pulverized, to be broken; of plants, to wilt.

marosong   1. n. a marathon. 2. vi. to run a marathon. [Jap. marason < Eng.]

maru   1. n. marijuana. 2. vi. to smoke marijuana. [Eng.]

marungurung   adj. faded.

mahrdi   vi. of leaves, to turn or begin to dry.

mahs₁   n. in the past, a long time ago.

mahs₂   n. (3sg. mese) face. cf. [meing] sihlangi, sihleng.

mahs₄   n. first.

Mahs₅   n. March, the month of the year. [Eng.] cf. [meing] Pehn.

masak   vt. to be afraid of, to fear.

masal   vi. to blossom, to bloom; to fray, as of ropes.

masamas   adj. beloved, favored. cf. [meing] rekeseidak.

masamwahu   adj. good-looking, pretty, handsome.

mahsanih   meing. vt. to say, to see. cf. [meing] poahngokih.

masapang   adj. cross-eyed.

mahsahs   adj. cleared, as of vegetation.

mahsen   1. meing. vi. to speak. 2. n. language, speech.

masepwehk   adj. afraid, frightened, cowardly, bashful.

masinoki   n. ironwood. [Jap. matsunoki : pine tree]

masis   n. match₁. [Eng.]

masokod   n. fish sp., big-eye breamr, Monotaxis grandoculus.

masomwomw   n. cataract, opacity of the crystalline lens of the eye.

masuku   n. mask. [Jap. masuku < Eng.]

masukun, also maskun.   adj. blind.

maskala   adj. pretentious, proud, boastful.

masliki   n3s. outer side, outer surface.

masloale   n3s. inner side, inner surface.

maspali   adj. one-eyed.

massuwed   adj. ugly; sad-looking.

masduwarawar   adj. large-eyed.

mad₁   n. reef; large coral head.

mad₂, also madekeng.   vi. to be dry.

mada   n. forked stick part of a slingshot. [Jap. mata]

madau₁   n. ocean, beyond the reef.

madau₂   n. thought.

madamadau   1. vi. to think. 2. n. thought. medewe, vt. cf. [meing] mohliol, mwuserehre.

madap   adj. uneven, of an edge.

madekeng   adj. very dry.

madep   n. sp. of sea cucumber.

madepei   n. large submerged coral head.

mahdire   n. nun. [Spa. madre : mother]

madires   n. mattress. [Eng.]

madol   n. space between things, time between events, interval, interstice.

Madolenihmw   n. name of a municipality in Pohnpei.

maht   n. pimple, acne.

matamat₁   adj. pliable, resilient.

matamat₂   n. ginger, Eleocharis laxiflora.

matenei   adj. ripe, ready to eat, of fruit.

materek   adj. supple, limber; easily persuaded; lucky.

mahwin₁   1. vi. to be at war. 2. n. war, battle.

mahwin en pohn wahr   n. sea battle, involving canoes.

me₁, also met₁.   dem. pr. this one, by me; here; now.

me₃   stative marker used to emphasize the factuality of a state named by an adjective.

meh₁   n. thing.

meh₂   vi. to bleat, of a goat.

Mei₁   n. May, the month of the year. [Eng.] cf. [meing] Epeng.

mei₂   1. adj. blue. 2. n. blue.

meiais   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meiniwe type).

meiapaup   n. a breadfruit cultivar.

meiarepe   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meiniwe type).

meiuhpw   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meiniwe type); although meiuhpw fruits early, it cannot be used for tribute or other customary practices because it is not an aboriginal cultivar.

meikalak   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meiniwe type); opens the rahk₁ (breadfruit) season.

meikimwer   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meinsahrek type).

meikidi   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meiniwe type).

meikole, also meikolemwot, meipa, kuru kiniti, meiwid.   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meinsahrek type).

meikuwet   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meiniwe type).

meimei   n. a clothlike material made from the bark of breadfruit.

meimwed   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meinsahrek type).

meiniwe   n. one of two traditional categories of breadfruit cultivars, characterized as being smooth-skinned, typically somewhat spherical in shape, and early fruiting, preferred for mahr₁; also the name of a specific breadfruit cultivar. see meinsahrek.

meinpeimwas   n. a breadfruit cultivar.

meinpohnle   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meinsahrek type).

meinpohnsakar   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meinsahrek type).

meinpwahr   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meinsahrek type).

meinpwuht en Sokehs   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meinsahrek type).

meinsahrek   n. one of two traditional categories of breadfruit cultivars, characterized as being rough-skinned, somewhat elongated in shape, and late fruiting. see meiniwe.

meing   1. n. high language, respect forms of speech. 2. vi. to speak using respect forms of speech. maingih, meingih, vt.

meingih   vt. see meing.

meingtoal   vi. to be left-handed.

meipa, also meikole, meikolemwot, kuru kiniti, meiwid.   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meinsahrek type).

meipwiliet   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meiniwe type).

meipwuhleng   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meiniwe type).

meir   vi. to sleep.

Meiros   n. a section (kousapw) in Madolenihmw.

meiroang   1. n. sacrifice, offering, contribution. 2. vi. to sacrifice, to make an offering or contribution.

meirkelik   adj. deep in sleep.

meisaip   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meiniwe type).

meise   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meinsahrek type).

meisei   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meiniwe type).

meid   adv. truly.

meitehid   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meiniwe type).

Meitik   n. a section (kousapw) in Nett.

meitoal   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meinsahrek type).

meiweke, also meikeke, meiwoke.   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meinsahrek type).

mek   1. adj. dented. 2. n. dent.

mehkan, also metakan.   dem. pr. these, by me.

mehkei   pron. something, anything (plural).

mehkot, also okoteme.   pron. something, anything (singular).

mehla   vi. to die; to stop, of a mechanical object. cf. [meing] pwoula, rirlengla, kepelsalehdala, kepinsalehdala.

meleilei   1. adj. peaceful, easygoing, unenthusiastic, slow moving, passive, lethargic. 2. n. peace.

mehlel   1. adj. true, honest. 2. sent. adv. truly, honestly.

melengileng   adj. shiny, glistening, polished.

meliek   vi. to move rapidly.

meliehla   meing. vt. to forget.

melimel   1. n. windstorm, typhoon. 2. vi. to be struck by a windstorm or typhoon.

mem   adj. sweet. cf. [meing] nihn₁.

mehme₁   n. wart.

mehme₂   1. vi. to eat, said only of infants. 2. n. premasticated food for infants.

men₁   vt. to want.

men₂   1. dem. pr. that one, by you; there, by you. 2. interj. That's it!, from Ih men.

men₃   num. cl. used in counting animate beings. pwihk limmen five pigs.

men₄   vi. to wink. manih, vt. cf. [meing] limasawairok.

mehn₁   n. one of, thing of.

mehn₂   vi. to kiss, to rub noses.

mehn akinen   n. target.

mehn adahd   n. file, sharpening stone, razor strop.

mehn eringi   n. toothpick. cf. [meing] likekringring, loangmeiso.

mehn ersaleng   n. a pick used for the ear, as a Q-tip.

mehn ohpen   n. bottle opener. [Eng. open]

mehn owannange   n. shot, the metal ball used in the game of shot put. [Jap. hōgannage]

mehn kapas   n. glue.

mehn kataman   n. reminder.

mehn kawa   n. people of olden times.

mehn kisetik   1. n. a mild form of measles. 2. vi. to have a mild form of the measles, possibly German measles.

mehn kodu   n. dye.

mehn koadi   n. funnel.

mehn loipehs   n. ash tray.

mehn madau   1. vi. to be seasick. 2. n. seasickness.

mehn mwadong   n. toy.

mehn namwanamw   n. low islander; any islander, Micronesian or Polynesian, of non-Pohnpeian origin.

mehn pahn kadip   legal. n. defendant, in a criminal case.

mehn pahn repenpwung   legal. n. defendant, in a civil case.

mehn peidaid   n. vehicle, of any kind.

mehn poahr   n. toilet paper.

mehn pwuropwur   n. drill, brace.

mehn rar   n. flat piece of wood used to pry off the charred skin of roasted breadfruit.

mehn roh   n. stretcher.

mehn rokumw   1. n. nosebleed, occurring spontaneously. 2. vi. to have a spontaneous nosebleed.

mehn sahk   1. n. migraine headache. 2. vi. to have a migraine headache.

mehn sahmwa   interj. thank you, used only with younger people.

mehn seipinsel   n. pencil sharpener. [pinsel <Eng.]

mehn sohng   n. ruler, tape measure.

mehn suhs   n. Jew.

mehn doadoahk   n. tool; gift or contribution to a party.

mehn tang   1. n. diarrhea. 2. vi. to have diarrhea.

mehn windeng   n. steering wheel. [windeng <Jap. ?]

menakan   dem. pr. those, by you.

menemen en pahsu   n. pearl.

mehnia   interr. which.

menioak, also dapiohka, kehp tuhke.   n. manioc, cassava, tapioca; Manihot esculanta. [Eng.]

menihke   n. any non-swimming marine organism, i.e. shells, starfish, sea cucumbers, etc.; sex organs of a female.

menin kau₁   n. insect pest.

menin kahlipw, also menin kahnlipw.   n. dragonfly.

menin lohsapw   n. sand flea.

menin douioas   n. insect sp., walking stick.

meninrahn   n. centipede.

menipinip   adj. thin, of flat objects such as paper.

menipinipi   n3s. sideburn.

menuwa   n. man-of-war, an armed naval vessel; warship. [Eng.]

menkerep   n. any four-legged animal.

menkumwo   vi. to be hungry for meat.

menlau   interj. thanks, informal.

menmwenge   vi. to be hungry.

mennei   n. the favorite male child of a Nahnmwarki or Nahnken.

mennim   vi. to be thirsty.

menpihr   n. bird.

menseiren   vi. to comply; to do something against one's will.

menseng   n. morning.

mensiek   n. grasshopper.

mehnda   1. interr. why, to what purpose. 2. interj. Never mind!

mentikitik   n. early morning.

meng   adj. withered, dry, dead, of vegetation.

mengei   adj. easy.

menger   n. fish sp., flying fish.

mengiloal   1. vi. to talk to oneself; to carry on an internal dialogue, as when formulating an important goal. 2. n. internal dialogue.

menginpeh   n3s. result of one's work; writing, handwriting, signature.

mengihtik   n. detail, specifications; information.

mengk   vi. to exhibit the effects of being intoxicated by kava, characteristically having drooping eyelids and a generally lethargic appearance.

mepel, also lepel.   n. level, a carpenter's tool. [Eng.]

mer   adj. rusty, corroded.

merein paker   n. boxing ring.

merepwinsed   n. mangrove sp., Heritiera littoralis.

merer   n. fish sp., humphead wrasse, Cheilinus undulates.

Merewi   n. a section (kousapw) in Madolenihmw.

merimer   adj. almost ripe, as of bananas and mangoes; light, of a color.

mering   adj. old, of inanimate objects.

Mesaia   n. Messiah. [Eng.]

mesarawi₁, also sarawi.   polite. n. black magic.

mese   n3s. face; facade; upper part of yam, taro, pineapple, etc.; edge of a reef. see mahs₂. cf. [meing] sihlangi.

mesehl   1. n. a kind of magic, employed to romantically attract another; a love potion or charm. 2. vi. to employ magic to romantically attract another. mesehlih, vt.

mesehlih   vt. see mesehl.

mesen mwenge   adj. gluttonous.

mesenedi   n3s. solar plexus.

mesenih   n. first-born child.

Mesenieng   n. an earlier name of the Kolonia town area; of religious significance to Pohnpeians who consider it a sacred place; claimed as a section (kousapw) by Nett, although Kolonia town is a separate political entity.

mesenlam   n. boundary between the shallow and deep part of a lagoon.

mesenmwomw   n. wart, corn.

mesenpek   n. head of a yam.

mesendid   n. a large upright in the framing of the walls of a building.

mesiha   archaic. n. fire.

mesiek   vi. to move swiftly up and down.

Mesihsou   n. a section (kousapw) in Madolenihmw.

med   vi. to be full, after eating.

medakahn   adj. talkative, outgoing.

medahlia   n. medal, usually a Catholic religious medal. [Spa. medalla]

mede   n. ripe breadfruit.

medek   vi. to hurt; to be painful; to ache.

medel   adv. exactly.

medendel   adj. smooth and flat.

medehde   n. leaves upon which food to be distributed at a feast is placed; coconut fronds are used for the presentation of pork and fish, banana leaves are used for other kinds of cooked food. cf. [meing] medehdak.

medewe   vt. to think. madamadau, vi.

medi   n. fish sp., emperor, Lethrinus lentjan.

met₁, also me₁.   dem. pr. this one, by me; here; now.

met₂   vi. to smack the lips, to suck food into the mouth with a smacking sound. metik, mitik, vt.

metakan, also mehkan.   dem. pr. these, by me.

mete   n. metal, nail, badge, spear for a speargun. [Eng. metal]

metel   n. medal, non-religious. [Eng.]

metik, also mitik.   vt. to suck (food) into the mouth with a smacking sound; to kiss. met₁, vi.

Metipw   n. a section (kousapw) in Madolenihmw and U.

mehwo   adj. voracious.

mi   vi. to exist, a locative verb.

mih   n. name of the letter m, the tenth letter of the Pohnpeian alphabet, used to represent the phoneme /m/, a bilabial nasal.

mie   vi. to exist, an existential verb.

mihk   vt. to suck, to absorb.

milik   n. milk. [Eng.]

milikkang   n. milk can. [Jap. mirukukan < Eng.]

milikpil   n. evaporated milk. [milik <Eng. milk]

milikten   n. condensed milk. [milik <Eng. milk]

min   adj. neat, clean.

mihn   adj. mean, miserly. [Eng.]

minimin   1. adj. cooperative. 2. n. union, association, any cooperative venture; cooperation.

minit   n. minute; minutes, as of a meeting. [Eng.]

mihsa   n. mass₁. [Spa. misa]

misiohn   n. Catholic mission. [Spa. misión]

misin   n. Protestant mission. [Eng.]

misihn   n. machine, engine, outboard motor. [Eng.]

misihn en lioal   n. generator.

misihn en lopwolopw   n. washer, washing machine.

misihn en rasaras   n. chainsaw.

misihn tiati   n. treadle operated sewing machine.

miso   n. bean paste. [Jap. miso]

mihding, also mihting.   1. n. meeting. 2. vi. to meet. [Eng.]

middo   n. catcher's mitt. [Jap. mitto < Eng.]

mitik, also metik.   vt. to suck (food) into the mouth with a smacking sound, to kiss.

mihting, also mihding.   1. n. meeting. 2. vi. to meet. [Eng.]

mo   vi. to heal.

molomol   adj. of plants, to be a deep healthy green; of the skin, sleek.

mohn ohla   n. scar.

mohn pakudang   n. bomb crater.

mohngiong   n. (3sg. mohngiongi) heart.

mohngiong mwakelekel   adj. free from sin; charitable.

mohr   n. small kava plant, one remaining after the larger plants have been removed.

moromor   n. war, battle, dispute.

moron   adj. large, in quantity.

mohs   n. field, open area.

mosul   adj. thick; heavy, of rain.

mowe   n3s. scar, trace, ruins.

moahk   n. fish sp.

moakoan   n. curdled coconut milk.

moahl₁   n. kava pounding stone. cf. [meing] ketia₃.

moahl₂   1. vi. to pass by; to be caught sight of; to visit. 2. n. (3sg. moahle) appearance, at a place.

moamoar   vi. to snore.

moahng₁   n. (3sg. moange) head.

moahng₂   adj. ill intentioned.

moangamad   adj. bald.

moangen kateng   n. belt buckle.

moangepwet   adj. gray headed; flowering, of mango trees.

moangkoikoi   vi. to shave one's head.

moangmedek   1. vi. to have a headache. 2. n. headache.

moangtakai   n. fish sp., a growth stage of ah₁.

moaralap   meing. vi. to yawn.

moarungurung   adj. dull or old-looking, of inanimate objects.

moahd   n. (3sg. moahde) echo; barely discernable sound from a distant source.

moatoar₁   adj. oily, greasy.

moatoar₂   meing. n. (3sg. moatoare) mat; sleeping place, sheet, as for bedding.

moatoare   meing. poss. cl. a possessive classifier used in honorific speech in place of the common language classifier kie₁.

mmwus   1. vi. to vomit. 2. n. vomit. cf. [meing] suhsuhda.

mpahi   adj. submissive, modest, self-effacing.

mpe   prep. n. next to (him or her), with animate relationships.

mpei   adj. buoyant.

mpek   vi. to look for lice. pakid, vt. cf. [meing] litepwtepw.

mpehn   n. two large logs at the base of the fire for an uhmw.

mpeng   vi. to be awakened. pangin, vt.

mpereng   vi. to burn brightly, of a source of light having a flame, as a lamp.

mpoake   vi. to kiss, to rub noses. cf. [meing] resenleng, sisinleng.

mpw-   Note: words beginning with mpw- (pronounced /mwpw/) are listed at the end of the mw section of this dictionary.

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