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ma   conj. if. Ma ke pahn laid, ah ke ndahdo pwe i pahn iang. If you are going fishing, let me know so that I join in.

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, the latter also identified as meipa or meikole.

maiai   adj. unlucky, unfortunate; energetically, powerfully.

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

maiouda   vi. see maiauda.

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

mahil   n. of the tide, to be low early in the morning. Uhet mahil. The tide is low this morning.

maile, also limaile.   n. ghost that causes dizziness and vertigo.

maing   n. sir, madam.

maingih, also meingih.   vt. to speak to another using respect forms of speech. meing₁, vi.

maoakani   n. mahogany. [Eng.]

mahu   n. fish spp., any bluish parrotfish.

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

maukuhk   archaic. adj. given to crying easily.

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

mahulik   n. see maulik.

maun   1. vi. to be right-handed. 2. n. right side.

maus   n. computer mouse. [Eng.]

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

maudel   vi. to yawn.

mahk₁   1. adj. reserved, shy, 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; modest. 2. n. deference.

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

makahnik   n. a mechanic. [Eng.]

mahkada   vi. to stop, of rain.

mahkensal   adj. silent on matters out of politeness.

mahkenwol   vi. extreme form of mahk₁.

mahkehng, also mahkohng.   vt. to forgive.

mahkehngie   interj. Excuse me!, Forgive me!

makiaki   vi. to sob.

makinet   n. magnet. [Eng.]

makirehl   n. canned mackerel. [Eng.]

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

mahkohng, also mahkehng.   vt. to forgive.

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   1. adj. slow, of speech; of waves, separated by long intervals. 2. n. calmness.

mahlahlen pwuki   meing. adj. inconspicuous power, said of the power of a chief. Mahlahlen pwuki sohpeidi. The power of the chief is inconspicuous.

malamal   adj. slow, referring to long intervals between some repetitious activity. Ohlo lokaia malamal. That man speaks slowly.

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 kava cultivar).

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

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

maleken nansapw   n. a domesticated chicken, a chicken raised and allowed free range in homestead areas.

maleken tiasang   n. a rooster that crows at unexpected times.

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

mahlen   1. vi. to draw or paint, as a picture. 2. n. painting, drawing. [Ger. malen] mahlenih, vt.

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

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

Malehsia   n. Malaysia. [Eng.]

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

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

malioio   n. brain; spinal marrow.

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

mahliokidi   vi. to become cloudy and dark.

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

mahlinda   meing. vi. to look upward.

mahlinge, also mahlingih.   meing. vt. to wash one's face. Mwohnsapw mahlenge sihlangihr. His highness washed his face. mahling, vi. cf. apwin₁.

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

Mahlipwur   n. a mythical sea creature hunted by Satokawai by order of the Saudeleur.

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

Mallen Kohpwahlele, also Kohpwahlelel.   n. a name given by the Saudeleur to what is now called Madolenihmw.

Mallen Kohpwahleng, also Kohpwahleng.   n. a name given by the Saudeleur to what is now called Kitti.

Mallen Pwahpwahlik, also Pwahpwahlik.   n. a name given by the Saudeleur to what is now called Sokehs.

mamahd   vt. to maximize the volume of one's voice. Serepeino mamahd ah wer. That girl screamed as loud as she could.

mame   n. beans. [Jap. mame]

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

man   vi. to take hold, to stick; to be effective. Ahden manla rehn aramas. That name took hold among the people.

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; drowsy, of a person.

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

manokonok, also manukunuk.   adj. forgetful, careless.

manokonokala   vi. to be forgotten.

manukunuk   adj. see manokonok.

mahnkete, also mahkete.   conj. otherwise; preferably.

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

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

mansiek, also mensiek.   n. grasshopper.

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

mand   adj. tame; domesticated.

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

manda   n. next day. see soangada.

mandaken aio   n. day before yesterday.

mandolihn   n. mandolin. [Eng.]

manterihn, also manterihng.   n. mandarin orange Citrus sinensis, tangerine Citrus tangerina. [Eng.]

manterihng   n. [Eng.] see manterihn.

mantikih   vt. to taste. Na mantikih mahs suhpwen. Please taste the soup.

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.

manguro   n. fish sp., dogtooth tuna, a variety of Gymnosarda unicolor. [Jap. maguro]

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. light; civilization.

Marahu   n. a section (kousapw) in Kitti.

maram   n. moon; moonlight.

maram mat   n. full moon;fourteenth night after new moon, twenty-fourth night of the Pohnpeian lunar cycle.

maram pwul   n. new moon, tenth night of the lunar cycle.

maramer   adj. dark pink.

marapat   n. fish sp.

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

marahrahda, also marahda.   vi. to lighten the weight (of something).

marasau   n. tree sp., Aglaia mariannensis, used medicinally and for firewood.

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

marahda, also marahrahda.   vt. to lighten the weight (of something). Marahda lohsen pwe I pahn ale. Get off of the mat (lighten it) because I'm taking it.

maradahn   n. old preserved breadfruit.

mareu   meing. adj. thirsty. cf. men nimpil.

mahrek   n. fern spp., Cyclosorus heterocarpus or Cyclosorus maemonensis.

marekeiso   1. meing. n. coconut oil. 2. meing. vi. to anoint with coconut oit. cf. kei.

marekek   adj. slovenly.

mahrekenleng   n. fern sp., Nephrolepis acutifolia.

marekeng   adj. dry, of the hair or skin.

Marekerek   n. a subclan of Dipwinwai, the ruling subclan of Palikir₁.

marekileng   meing. n. in a feasthouse, 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.

mariked   1. n. a market for selling food, primarily agricultural products. 2. vi. to prepare kava for sale at a kava bar. [Eng.]

marongorong   adj. old, worn out.

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

maropw   n. Mullidae (goat fishes), Upeneus vittatus, normally found on fringing reef.

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.

Mark   Biblical. Mark, a book in the Kadehde Kapw (New Testament). [Eng.]

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

mahs₁   n. in the past, a long time ago. Mahs mehn Pohnpei kin pelipel. In the past, Pohnpeians did tattooing. Mahs mahs mie ohl emen. Once upon a time there was a man. mahs mahs long ago, once upon a time.

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

mahs₃   adv. please. Kihdo mahs. Give it to me, please.

mahs₄   n. first. I pahn kohla Pohnpei mahs. I will go to Pohnpei 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.

masalenial, also meselenial.   n. intersection, of a road.

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.

masarang   adj. indecisive when confronted with a number of appealing choices.

masarar, also masarang.   adj. indecisive when confronted with a number of appealing choices.

masaro mwahn   n. the seating area in a feasthouse located between the two posts that are called rirkenloak.

mahsahs   adj. cleared, as of vegetation.

Masasuhses   n. Massachusetts. [Eng.]

masaht   n. small black mangrove crab, Metapograpsus oceanicus.

masekleng, also mesekleng.   adj. greatly feared, frightening.

masehl   n. cross-eyed, squinty eyed.

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

masepwehk   adj. afraid, frightened, cowardly, bashful.

masile   adj. careless, negligent.

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   adj. blind.

maskala   adj. pretentious, proud, boastful.

maskadek, also mesen kadek.   adj. having a kind face. Liho inenen maskadek. That lady has a very kind face.

maslemei   adj. mean looking. Ohlo maslemei. That man is mean looking.

masliki   n3s. outer side, outer surface.

masloale   n3s. inner side, inner surface.

maspali   adj. one-eyed, squint eyed.

maspwunan   n. conjunctivitis.

massuwed   adj. ugly; sad-looking.

masduwarawar   adj. large-eyed.

mad₁   n. fringing reef flat; 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.

madapala   vi. to be broken or uneven, of an edge. Nei naipo madapala. My knife has a broken edge.

madeu   n. tree sp., Cinnamomum carolinense, the bark of which is used to make a tea, as well as for medicinal purposes.

madekeng   adj. very dry.

madep   n. sp. of sea cucumber.

madepei   n. floating reef flat, an isolated reef.

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

madires   n. mattress. [Eng.]

mahdoko   n. grapefruit.

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

Madolenihmw   n. name of a municipality in Pohnpei.

mat₁   adj. of breadfruit, ripe, soft, and sweet whes cooked; overripe, rotten, spoiled, decayed.

maht   n. pimple, acne.

matala   Biblical. vi. to die. see mehla.

matamat₁   adj. pliable, resilient.

matamat₂   n. plant spp., Eleocharis ochrostachys, Rhynchospora rugosa subsp. lavarum, and Schoenus achaetus.

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

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

matowato   adj. docile, obedient; pliable, easily bent; flexible.

matoaloal   vi. to begin to ripen.

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

mahwin₂   vi. to be burned off, of the pin feathers of birds. mahwinih, vt.

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. E me kehlail. He is strong (no doubt about it).

meh₁   n. thing.

meh₂   vi. to bleat, of a goat.

me kadip   legal. n. accuser.

me repenpwung sapahl   n. an appellant.

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).

meimah   n. mature breadfruit, ready to be picked.

meimara, also meimarain.   n. light blue.

meimarain   adj. see meimara.

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

meimwed   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meinsahrek type).

mein   n. occupant of a canoe. Wahro mein depe? How many occupants does the canoe have?

Mein   n. Maine. [Eng.]

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.

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.

meing₁   1. n. high language, respect forms of speech. 2. vi. to speak using respect forms of speech. maingih, meingih, vt.

meingih   vt. see meing₁.

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 offer something as a contribution. 1. Se doadoahk sohte pweipwei pwe iei aht meiroang. We worked without pay because it was our sacrifice. 2. Se meiroang nan wihk teio, pwe se sohte pweipwei. We made our contribution last week, as we worked for free. 2. Se meiroang nan wihk teio pwe se sohte pweipwei. We made our contribution last week as we worked for free.

meirkelik   adj. deep in sleep.

meirpene   vi. to close one's eyes. Meirpene. Close your eyes. cf. [meing] kekuhrekpene.

meisaip   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meiniwe type).

meise   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meinsahrek type).

meisei   n. a breadfruit cultivar (meiniwe type).

meid   adv. truly. Ke meid roson! Aren't you truly lucky!

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).

Mekisko, also Meksiko.   n. Mexico. [Eng.]

mehkot, also okoteme.   pron. something, anything, thing (singular). Mehkotet pahn kohieng nan uhmw. This thing will be put in an earth oven.

mehkoaros   pron. everything.

Meksiko, also Mekisko.   n. Mexico. [Eng.]

mehl   n. (3sg. mehle) handle. I wiahda mehlen nei sileho. I carved the handle for my ax.

mehla   1. vi. to die; to stop, of a mechanical object. 2. n. wake, funeral. 3. n. death; remains, as of a dead body.

mehlahn kepiripir   n. literally, 'spinning death,' the consequence of a poorly lived life. Those who died this death went to Pohnpeian hell.

mehlahn Mesenieng   n. literally 'death of Mesenieng,' a good death that resulted in resurrection and new life for Pohnpeian souls.

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

meleileidi   vi. to be calmed down.

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.

melikahka   1. meing. n. song. 2. 3. meing. vi. to sing.

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

mem   adj. sweet. cf. [meing] nihn₂.

mehme₁   n. wart.

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

mehmen   pron. whoever.

memiap   n. papaya, Carica papaya. [Eng. mummy apple]

memlangih, also memtikih.   meing. vt. to taste. cf. song.

memmen   vi. giggle, snicker.

men₁   vt. to want. I men kilang kasdo. I want to see a movie.

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, to twinkle. manih, vt. cf. [meing] limasawairok.

mehn₁   n. one of, thing of.

mehn₂   vi. to kiss, to rub noses.

men akan   dem. pr. those, by you.

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 ilihl   n. steering wheel.

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

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

mehn kalohk   n. announcement, declaration, proclamation, executive order, all done in written form.

mehn kamoatoar   n. lubricant.

mehn kammad   n. blotter.

mehn kapas   n. glue.

mehn kapehse   n. communication.

mehn kapisetik   n. grinder.

mehn kasansal   n. example; exhibit.

mehn kadehde   n. certificate; evidence.

mehn kataman, also mehn ketemen.   n. souvenir, reminder.

mehn kawa   n. people of olden times.

mehn keiru   n. guest.

mehn kepir   n. wrench.

mehn ketemen, also mehn kataman.   n. souvenir, reminder. I pwainda mehn ketemen kei. I bought some souvenirs.

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 liki   n. gentiles (Biblical), foreigners, non-natives.

mehn loipehs   n. ash tray.

mehn malahio   n. Indonesian. [Eng.]

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

mehn met   n. person of this time or place.

mehn mpe   n3s. neighbor. I kesempwaliki mehn mpei kan. I value my neighbors.

mehn mwadong   n. toy.

mehn mwowe   n. the former.

mehn mwuhr   n. the latter, the last or the following.

mehn mwus   n. an emetic; nausea.

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

men nimpil   adj. thirsty. cf. [meing] mareu.

mehn paun   n. scale.

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

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

mehn pahn repenpwung sapahl   legal. n. an appellee.

mehn peidaid   n. vehicle, of any kind.

mehn peleng   n. drying rack.

mehn pipihs   n. urinal.

mehn pirapir   n. girdle; string, rope or similar objects for fastening.

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, sinus headache. 2. vi. to have a migraine or sinus headache.

mehn sampah   n. earthly or temporal thing.

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

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

mehn sohng   n. ruler, tape measure.

mehn sohng karakar, also mehn songkarakar.   n. thermometer.

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 tiati   n. pedal. I sohte kilangada mehn tiati en pwaisikel nan sidohwaho. I did not see any bicycle pedals in that store.

mehn waii   n. foreigner; initially a general label for all those from large distant lands, now commonly used as a label for caucasians, sometimes pejorative.

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

mehn wok   n. club.

menemen en pahsu   n. pearl.

mehnia   interr. which. Mehnia likou me ke mwahuki? Which material do you like?

menierierih   vt. to monitor someone or something discreetly.

menioak, also dapiohka, kehp tuhke.   n. manioc, cassava, tapioca; Manihot esculanta, primarily used as food and to make starch. [Eng.]

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

menikir   n. leak.

menimen   1. adj. overun with animate beings, including people, flies, mosquitoes, dogs, cats, etc. 2. n. small insects. 1. Wasaht me menimen. This place is full of animals.

menin ilek   n. messenger, herald.

menin kau   n. a commoner, trouble maker, literally a destructive animal; insect pest.

menin kaun   authority.

menin kahlipw, also menin kahnlipw.   n. dragonfly.

menin kasohr   n. a conciliator; a reconciler; a judge (in conflict resolution). Menin kasohr sohpeidi. Sohpeidi is a reconciler.

menin keidsihr   archaic. n. one who presides over an activity that involves conflict, such as a Nahnmwarki judge, referee, etc.; originally the referee for the game peisihr.

menin keder   n. messenger, envoy. Liho me menin keder. That woman is the messenger.

menin leuleu, also menin loulou.   archaic. n. a peacemaker; one who offers prayers to the great spirit.

menin loulou   n. see menin leuleu.

menin lohsapw   n. sand flea.

menin deiras   n. the director in charge of the activities relating to the uhmw at a feast.

menin douioas   n. insect sp., walking stick.

menin tiensapw   archaic. n. council to advise the Nahnmwarki on the use of community resources; a committee; a member of an assembly or committee.

menin wairihr   n. a bird (sioahk) that flies in through house openings, considered to be an omen that something unexpected is going to happen.

meninrahn   n. centipede.

menindeiuh, also deimenuh.   1. n. director of a feast. 2. vi. to serve as director of a feast.

menindeiras   n. a transmitter of orders that apply to those on the ground level of a feasthouse.

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

menipinipi   n3s. sideburn.

menome   n. tiny insect that bites and causes an infection; possibly another name for menin lohsapw.

menongen   adj. scarce; deficient.

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

menkenen   pron. that one, by you; there, by you.

mehnkumwo   vi. to be hungry for fish.

menlau   interj. thanks, informal.

menmen periki   n. brawl, dispute.

menmwenge   vi. to be hungry.

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

mennim   vi. to be thirsty.

menpihr   n. bird.

menpihr en pahnlahng   Biblical. n. bird sp., crow.

menpwukoaloak   archaic. n. end of the breadfruit season.

menpwukoadoak   archaic. n. beginning of the breadfruit season.

mehnpwurepwur   1. meing. n. diarrhea. 2. vi. to have diarrhea.

menrihri   n. commoner.

menseiren, also mehnseiran.   1. adj. reluctant. 2. vi. to comply, to do something against one's will.

menseker   interj. used to excuse oneself prior to farting.

menseng, also nimenseng.   n. morning.

mensiek, also mansiek.   n. grasshopper.

mehnda   1. interr. why, to what purpose. 2. interj. Never mind! 1. Mehnda ke sohte iang? Why didn't you go along?

mentikitik   n. early morning, the time interval beween pwahpwa rahn and nimenseng.

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 and easily blinded by excess of light.

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

mehpene   vi. to lie dead together.

mer   adj. rusty, corroded.

merei   n. place for wrestling or fighting; place where spirits sing, dance, and play together day and night. [Pol. marai]

merein paker   n. boxing ring.

merek₁   vi. to spread apart evenly. Poadakapw en kohn merekwei nan mwetiwel kan. Newly planted corn is spread evenly in the fields.

merepwinsed   n. mangrove sp., Heritiera littoralis.

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

Merewi   n. a section (kousapw) in Madolenihmw.

Merilan   n. Maryland. [Eng.]

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

mering   adj. old, of inanimate objects.

merir   meing. vi. to hide. Mwohsapw merirsang tohn tehnpas. Mwohnsapw hid from the members of his household. cf. rok, ruk₂.

Mesaia   n. Messiah. [Eng.]

mesarawi   1. n. black magic. 2. polite. n. genitals.

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

mesekleng, also masekleng.   adj. greatly feared, frightening.

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.

ilek-   vi. to send a dispatch or message. E ilekilahng ah pwoudo. He sent a message to his wife.

meselenial, also masalenial.   n. intersection, of a road.

mesehlih   vt. see mesehl.

mesen uhpw   n. the top of a drinking coconut. cf. [meing] sipwuhrek.

mesen kadek, also maskadek.   adj. having a kind face.

mesen keinek, also mwahnensoar.   n. the male head of a clan.

mesen lahng, also mesenleng.   n. eastern sky.

mesen mwenge   adj. gluttonous.

mesen nting   n. letter, alphabet. Mesen nting en Pohnpei imwihkihla 'w'. The Pohnpeian alphabet ends with 'w'. E tepkihda mesen nting 'a'. It begins with the letter 'a'.

mesen rah   n. the stem of a kava plant, including the root, pried from the enihlap, the largest kava plant at a feast, used during the kava ritual; the edible part of a kava stem.

mesenadi, also mesenedi.   n. solar plexus.

mesenedi   n3s. see mesenadi.

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, corn₁.

mesenpek   n. head of a yam.

mesenpekpene   vi. the gathering of yams for the purpose of redistributing them among the people for planting.

mesenpwotehdi   1. vi. to sit on one's heels. 2. n. a sitting position in which one sits on one's heels.

mesenpwuki   1. vi. to sit with both knees pointing upward. 2. a sitting position in which both knees are pointing upward.

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

Mesia   n. the individual who brought fire to Pohnpei on the fifth settlement voyage.

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   1. adj. talkative, outgoing. 2. vi. to talk, to converse.

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

mede   n. ripe breadfruit.

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

mehdek   vi. to laugh loudly. Liho mehdek pwe e peren. The woman laughed loudly for she was happy.

medekpeseng   vt. to be dislocated or disjointed.

medel₁   adv. exactly. Re lelodo kuloak eisek riau medel. They arrived here at exactly twelve o'clock. kuloak siluh medel exactly three o'clock.

meden ngetik   n. a firm decision.

medendel   adj. smooth and flat.

medehde   n. at a feast, leaves upon which food to be distributed to high ranking individuals 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.

met akan, also mehkan.   dem. pr. these, by me.

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

metei   n. (3sg. mataih) slime.

meteitei   adj. slimy, viscous.

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

Meteriap   n. the name of a legendary man who arrived on Pohnpei on the fourth voyage settlement voyage to Pohnpei, said to have been the first to propagate the ivory nut palm (oahs₁).

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. Pwuhko mi pohn tehpelo. That book is on the table.

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. Mie aramas nan ihmwo. There is someone in that house.

mihk   vt. to suck, to absorb.

mihla   vt. to be stationed at, to be residing at .

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]

mimitik   vi. to smile.

min   adj. neat, clean.

mihn   adj. mean, miserly. [Eng.]

Minesohda   n. Minnesota. [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]

mision, also misiohn.   n. Catholic mission. [Spa. misión]

misiohn   n. see mision.

misik   archaic. n. fear.

Misikan   n. Michigan. [Eng.]

misikeni   1. adj. afraid of ghosts. 2. n. name of a sugarcane cultivar.

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.

Misisipi   n. Mississippi. [Eng.]

miso   n. bean paste. [Jap. miso]

Misuhri   n. Missouri. [Eng.]

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.]

mour   1. n. (3sg. mouri) life. 2. adj. raw; green, not yet dried, of wood; fresh. 3. vi. to live.

mourla   vi. of pregnant woman, to have a successful labor; to live forever (Biblical).

Mokil, also Mwoakilloa.   n. an atoll located east of Pohnpei, within Pohnpei State, reflecting an earlier spelling of the name of this atoll.

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

moll   1. vi. to catch with a slip noose. 2. n. slip noose. mole, vt.

momourki   Biblical. vt. to live by; to subsist on. Mehmen me momourki mahsen en Koht pahn alehdi mour soutuk. Whoever lives by the word of God will attain everlasting life.

mohn ohla   n. scar.

mohn pakudang   n. bomb crater.

mohnlipw   n. an old preserved breadfruit pit. I kilangada mohnlipw tohto nan sapwemwo. I saw many old breadfruit pits on your property.

Mondahna   n. Montana. [Eng.]

mohndok   adj. barren, of farm land.

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.

modem   n. computer modem. [Eng.]

mohdi   vi. to heal.

modu   vi. to be soaked.

mowe   n3s. scar, trace, ruins.

moahk   n. fish sp.

moaken kehlail   archaic. n. infatuation.

moakoamoak   adj. charming; beautiful.

moakoamoak en iopw   adj. beautiful, lovely. Liho moakoamoak en iopw. That woman is beautiful.

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.

moahliol   1. meing. n. thought. 2. meing. vi. to think. cf. medewe.

moahliole , also moahliolih.   meing. vt. to think about. Mwohnsapw mohliole sapwellimwar aramas akan. Mwohnsapw thinks about his subjects. Mwohnsapw kin mohliolih me tungoaleniki kahpwal. Mwohnsapw often thinks about the people who are destitute.

moahliolih   vt. Mwohnsapw kin mohliolih me tungoaleniki kahpwal. Mwohnsapw often thinks about the people who are destitute. see moahliole.

moahloahl   adj. always on the go, always bumming around.

moamoahliol   meing. n. meditation.

moamoar   vi. to snore.

moahng₁   n. (3sg. moange) head.

moange   vt. to lead, to serve as the head of.

moahng₂   adj. ill intentioned.

moangamad   adj. bald.

moange   vt. to lead, to serve as the head of.

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.

moaradak   n. submerged reef.

moahrokenleng   1. meing. n. rheum, sleep, the crust around the eyes formed during sleep; pink eye (conjunctivitis). 2. vi. to have sleep in one's eyes.

moaroamoar   n. submerged reef.

moaroape   vt. to be covered with. Mwohnsapw moaroape tehi pwetepwet. Mwohnsapw is covered with a white sheet.

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 kie. cf. kie₁.

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

mpahi   adj. submissive, modest, self-effacing.

mpahieng   vt. to approach someone to tell him or her something.

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

mpei   adj. buoyant.

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

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

mpen mour   n. the offer of a life as a payment or recompense for something.

mpeng   1. vi. to be awakened. 2. n. awakening; warning; counsel. pangin, vt.

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

mpimpe   vt. to blame, to accuse, to impute. E mpimpeirail. He blamed them.

mpoake   1. vi. to kiss, to rub noses. 2. n. kiss, nose rub.

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

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