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ra   num. cl. used in counting branches. rahn tuhke limara five tree branches.

rah   n3s. branch; tentacle, as of an octopus.

rahn sakau   n. stem of a kava plant.

Raipwinloko   n. a Saudeleur remembered as a cannibal.

rais   n. rice, Oryza sativa. [Eng.]

rais dol uht   1. n. a dish made by cooking rice with ripe bananas, mashing the mixture, and then adding coconut cream. 2. vi. to cook this dish. 1. Mehn Pohnpei iouki rais dol uht. Pohnpeians like the dish of rice with mashed ripe bananas. 2. Liho pahn rais dol uht. That lady will cook rice with mashed ripe bananas.

raisok   n. any ground food wrapped in leaves and cooked in an uhmw. I men kang raisok en mahr. I want to eat wrapped mahr.

raido   n. right field, in baseball. [Jap. raito < Eng.]

rauk, also sauk.   vi. to fall down, of standing objects.

raun₁   vi. to make the rounds. [Eng.]

raun₂   vi. to walk or drive around; to wander about. [Eng. around]

rausis   1. n. trousers, pants. 2. vi. to wear trousers. [Eng. trousers] rausisih, vt.

rausis en kapwat   1. n. dress pants. 2. vi. to wear dress pants.

rausis mwotomwot   1. n. short pants, shorts. 2. vi. to wear short pants or shorts.

rausis preisis   1. n. bib overalls. 2. vi. to wear bib overalls. [Eng.]

rausis reirei   1. n. long pants. 2. vi. to wear long plants.

rausisih   vt. to wear (trousers or pants). He rausisih rausis pwetepwet. He's wearing a white pair of pants. [rausis <Eng. trousers] rausis, vi.

rak   vi. to rack, as in pool. [Eng.]

rahk₁   n. the main breadfruit season, a season of plenty, from April to August. cf. [meing] rekenleng.

rahk₂   n. the small stakes attached to the outrigger and the two central supports of a canoe.

rakih   vt. to scratch with the fingernails; to claw. rekirek, vi.

rakied   n. an area covered with gravel, pebbles, or crushed coral, as in Pohrakied, an area of Kolonia.

rakudai   vi. to flunk, to fail. [Jap. rakudai]

Rahlik   n. the name of the western chain of the Marshall Islands.

ramen   n. Chinese-style noodle soup. [Jap. rāmen]

rahmedel, also sakau rahmedel.   n. Piper methysticum, one of the two cultivars of kava grown on Pohnpei, distinguished by having smooth, light colored stems.

ramin   adj. smudged, faultily washed.

rahmwanger, also sakau rahmwanger.   n. Piper methysticum, one of the two cultivars of kava grown on Pohnpei, distinguished by having a series of purplish or blackish spots on the stem.

rahn   n. day.

Rahn en Mwei Mwahu   n. Liberation Day.

Rahn en Santi   n. Sunday. [santi <Eng.]

Rahn en Sapwad   n. Sunday, Sabbath. [sapwad <Eng.]

Rahn Kaonop   n. Saturday.

rahn koapwoarment   n. branch of the government. [koapwoarment <Eng.]

rahn kuloak   n. hands of a clock or watch. [kuloak <Eng.]

Rahn Mwahl   n. weekday.

rahn sakau   n. stem of a kava plant.

Rahn Sarawi   n. Sunday.

Rahn Sarawi Lapalap   n. Catholic holy day.

rahnmwahu   1. vi. to greet. 2. n. greeting. rahnmwahwih, vt.

rahnmwahwih   vt. to greet. rahnmwahu, vi.

rahnmwoalehdi   meing. vi. to rest.

ranning   1. n. undershirt. 2. vi. to wear an undershirt. [Jap. ranningu < Eng. running (shirt)]

ransi   n. a motor launch. [Jap. ranchi < Eng. launch]

randana, also landana.   n. lantana, Lantana camara. [Jap. rantana < Eng.]

rahnwet   n. today.

rap   n. a salt water eel, commonly found on the barrier reef. [Mok.]

rahp   n. raft, barge. [Eng.]

rahp komi   n. rubber raft, life raft.

rapahki   vt. to search for, to look for, to hunt for. repen₁, vi. cf. [meing] pahnlenge, pahnlangih.

rapit   n. rabbit. [Eng.]

rappa   n. bugle. [Jap. rappa]

rapwa, also rapwe.   n. rubber tree. [Eng.]

rapwe   n. see rapwa.

rar₁   1. vi. to make a cracking, crunching, or static-like noise. 2. n. a noise of this kind.

rar₂   num. million.

rar₃   vi. neut. to skin or peel. rere, vt.

rahr   n. finger coral.

rara   n. pandanus sp.

rarahni   n. crown of thorns starfish, Acanthaster planci, covered with long spines, destroys the coral of coral reefs.

raradahn sahpw   n. earthquake.

rarenei   meing. vi. to laugh.

rarkapwudong   n. fire coral.

ras₁   vi. to be equal; to be the same as.

ras₂   adj. of the tide or of bodies of fresh water, to reach a low point where much of the bottom is exposed.

ras₃   vi. to be placed down, of a number of dead animals or fish that are to be used for food. resehdi, vt.

rahs   n. place of the uhmw; small stones used for making an uhmw.

rasaras   1. n. saw. 2. vi. neut. to saw.

Rahdak   n. the name of the eastern chain of the Marshall Islands.

rawahn   n. tree sp., false durian, Pangium edule, edible fruit.

re   1. subj. pron. they, plural. 2. meing. subj. pron. you.

reh₁   prep. n. location of (him, her, or it).

reh₂   n. Centosteca lappacea.

rei   vi. to be stained; to be dyed. reid, vt.

reirei₁   1. adj. long, tall;. 2. n. the name of the letter h, the seventh letter of the alphabet, used to represent vowel length; also called eis₁.

reirei₂   adj. runny, of colors in materials; pale, of the face as after a sudden shock; blue, of the face as when cold; puckered up, of the mouth as after eating unripe bananas.

reise   n. razor; razor blade. [Eng.]

reisuwan   adj. tall.

reid   vt. to stain; to dye. rei, vi.

reidi   vi. to rhythmically pound a kava stone at the beginning of the kava ceremony.

regensohr   archaic. n. disbelief.

rehu   n. beam or rafter of a roof.

reulap   n. rafter.

rek   adj. abundant, plentiful.

rekeleng   meing. n. finger. Rekeleng kan pwelipwella. His fingers got dirty. cf. sendin peh.

rekenleng, also rekinleng.   meing. n. the main breadfruit season, a season of plenty, from April to August. cf. rahk₁.

rekenpwel, also rekinpwel.   n. yam season.

rekepwel   meing. n. toe. cf. sendin neh.

rehki   1. n. rake. 2. vi. to rake. [Eng.] rehkih, vt.

rehkih   vt. to rake. I pahn rehkih tehn tuhke. I will rake leaves. [rehki <Eng.] rehki, vi.

rekile   adj. long-legged; of a tree, having a long trunk.

rekinleng, also rekenleng.   n. the main breadfruit season, a season of plenty, from April to August. cf. rahk₁.

rekinpwel, also rekenpwel.   n. yam season.

rekipwel   vi. to clear land by pulling up grass or weeds, to bare the earth.

rekirek   vi. neut. to scratch with the fingernails; to claw. rakih, vt.

rekidak   n. the severed right limbs of all the pigs from an uhmw, saved in food baskets (kiam), and hung up for the Nahnmwarki on the front crossbeam of the nahs (now not commonly practiced). cf. [meing] pweisek.

rekidi   vi. to bend down to pick something up.

rekohdo   archaic. n. record, a sound recording. [Jap. rekōdo < Eng.]

rehl   n. rail. [Eng.]

rehmaikol   n. grass sp., Cyrtococcum accrescens or Oplismenus hirtellus.

remek   n. tree sp., Cynometra ramiflora and Scaevola taccada.

remekensapw   n. the sighting of land from a ship or voyaging canoe.

remoud, also rimohd.   n. remote, as for a television. [Eng.]

rempwidi   vi. to calm down after a time of confrontation.

rehn sehmen   n. grass sp.

rens   n. wrench. [Eng.]

rensed   n. salt water.

rensuh   vi. to practice for an athletic event, to warm up for an athletic event. [Jap. renshū]

rehnta   n. grass sp., Andropogon glaber or Paspalum cartilagineum.

reng   vi. to be dried, as of copra or tobacco.

renged   adj. dark, of colors.

rengede   slang. vt. to scold.

rengireng   vi. to warm oneself by a fire. cf. [meing] mweluhpei, karakarosou.

rengk   1. vi. to slide, of rocks. 2. n. rock slide.

rehpadil   n. paddle grass, Ischaemum chordatum.

repen₁   vi. neut. to search. rapahki, vt.

repen₂   n. ribbon, lace. [Eng.]

Repena   n. the Madolenihmw warrior who received the title Soulik en Sapwawas as a reward for assassinating the Spanish commander, Colonel Isidro Gitierres y Soto near Ohwa in 1890.

repenpwung sapahl   1. legal. vt. to appeal. 2. legal. n. an appeal.

repwirepw   1. adj. mixed, of bananas and any other food. 2. n. any dish flavored with banana.

repwidi   1. vi. to flinch, to fear. 2. n. drop off, edge of a precipice. 1. Ke dehr repwidihsang lahpo. Don't be afraid of that guy.

rer   1. vi. to tremble or shake; to be on edge, of the teeth. 2. adj. shaky.

rere   vt. to skin or peel; to band₁ a tree to kill it. rar₃, vi.

rerei   1. vi. to run a relay race. 2. n. the name of this race. [Jap. rirē < Eng.]

rereiso   meing. n. cane.

rerehd wasa   vi. to bawl, to cry loudly.

rehrehdi   archaic. interj. to get ready; a call used in traditional dances to alert the dancers that it is time to dance.

rerinmwoalu   meing. vi. to sigh in one's sleep. cf. koahnek.

rerinpehiso   meing. n. pillow. cf. uluhl.

rese   vt. to saw. rasaras, vi.

reseulap, also roasoulap.   meing. adj. merciful; generous. cf. kalahngan, sapan.

resen Nahnken   n. a feast that takes place following the funeral of a Nahnken.

reseres en kopwoar   n. jigsaw.

reseres en lop   n. crosscut saw.

reseres en mete   n. hacksaw.

reseres en peh   n. hand saw.

reseres en pwal   n. ripping saw.

reseres en Sapahn   n. Japanese style saw, which cuts on the draw.

reseres en wai   n. American style saw, which cuts on the push.

reseresen uduk, also rasaras en uduk.   n. meat saw.

resires   n. shoal.

rehdang   vi. of a female, to use a dry cloth to wipe her sex organs, done when she is unable to bathe the lower part of her body.

redio   n. radio. [Eng.]

rehdil, also rehdil rasaras.   n. fern spp., Asplenium polyodon, Nephrolepis biserrata, Nephrolepis cordifolia, or Nephrolepis exaltata.

rehtakai   n. crow-foot grass, Chrysopogon aciculatus or Eleusine indica.

rih   n. name of the letter r, the sixteenth letter of the Pohnpeian alphabet, used to represent the phoneme /r/, an alveolar trill.

riahi   num. two. see ih₃.

riau   num. two; name of the final rhythm used when pounding kava, in Kitti, Sokehs, and Nett. see -u.

riaka   num. two. see ka₂.

riahka   n. small two-wheeled cart, pulled or pushed by hand. [Jap. riyakā < Eng. rear+car]

riakap   num. two. see kap.

riakis   num. two. see kis₁.

riahla   1. vi. to be cursed, resulting in illness or misfortune. 2. n. curse, spiritual retribution.

riapa   num. two. see pa₃.

riapak   num. two. see pak₁.

riapali   num. two. see pali₁.

riapar   num. two. see par₂.

riapit   num. two. see pit₂.

riara   num. two. see ra.

riadip   num. two. see dip.

rie   poss. cl. a possessive classifier used for siblings or any person called sibling in the Crow kinship terminology.

rieisek   num. twenty. see eisek.

riehk   num. twenty. see ehk₁.

riehl   num. two. see el₂.

rielep   num. two. see lep.

riemen   num. two. see men₃.

riemwodol   num. two. see mwodol.

riengoul   num. twenty. see ngoul.

riesel   num. two. see sel₂.

riesou   num. two. see sou₄.

riete   num. two. see te.

riewel   num. two. see wel₂.

rioumw   num. two. see umw₂.

riomwut   num. two. see mwut₂.

riopwong   num. two. see pwong.

riopwuloi   num. two. see pwuloi.

riosop   num. two. see sop₂.

riodun   num. two. see dun.

riotumw   num. two. see tumw₁.

rioapoar   num. two. see poar₁.

rioapwoat   num. two. see pwoat.

rik   vt. to gather, of objects on the ground or of people.

rimohd, also remoud.   n. remote, as for a television. [Eng.]

rimpio, also kanahria.   1. n. gonorrhea. 2. vi. to have gonorrhea. [Jap. rinbyō]

rinso   n. powdered soap; formerly used as a generic term for any brand of powdered soap; sompehs is now more commonly used. [Eng. Rinso]

rihng   n. ring₁, as for the finger. [Eng.]

ripe   vt. to move, of covers, lids, tops, louvers, etc., generally of flat items that are parallel to the ground.

rihpe   1. n. a kind of magic used during a fight to render one's opponent powerless. 2. vi. to employ this kind of magic. rihpehih, vt.

rihpehih   vt. see rihpe.

rihpw   n. fungus, fungus infection, rash.

ripwitik   n. heat rash, any minor rash.

ripwaripw   adj. hasty, rash, careless.

ripwilap   n. fungus infection.

ripwiripw₁   adj. covered by a fungus infection, perhaps so-called because of its resemblance to the fish.

ripwitik   n. heat rash, any minor rash.

rir   adj. difficult to locate or understand; hidden, concealed; vague, not obvious. ririh, vt.

rihr   n. line of debris such as seaweed, twigs, leaves, etc. floating in the ocean.

riri   n3s. any of the minor appendages (as the antenna or legs) of shrimp, crabs, lobsters, etc.

ririh   vt. to hide behind, to conceal. rir, adj.

ririnmas   n. (3sg. ririnmese) eyelash.

ririnmen   n. flock of birds located over a school of fish.

ririnmwomw   n. school of fish.

ririnpwaiso, also rerinpwaiso.   meing. n. a speech given by a Nahnken on behalf of the Nahnmwarki. cf. kapahrek.

ririnderihleng   meing. n. eyelash.

rirtuwenwelih   vi. neut. to follow someone traveling on a trail or a forest path for the purpose of finding out what the person is up to.

rihs   vt. to break a long object by hand.

risiht   n. receipt. [Eng.]

riting   vt. to open or close₁ anything hinged or attached, as a door or window. rit-, vi.

ro   vi. to be carried on a litter between forward and rear carriers. rowe, vt.

roh   n. carrying litter requiring two or more people to carry it; the size of a yam is designated by how many men it takes to carry it; e.g. rohn riemen 'two man yam', rohn pahmen 'four man yam', etc.

roi   adj. of a place, unsuitable for planting because of being shaded by larger plants.

Rohi   n. a section (kousapw) in U and Kitti.

Rohi Pah   n. formerly the name of a section (kousapw) in U; now called Diadi.

Rohi Powe   n. formerly the name of a section (kousapw) in U.

Roie   n. a section (kousapw) in Sokehs, formerly called Deh.

roik   vi. to cringe.

Roud Ailen   n. Rhode Island. [Eng.]

roudplok, also rohdplok.   1. n. a roadblock. 2. vi. to set up roadblock, to block the road. 1. Polis ko wiahda roudplok ni elen kohla Sokehso. The police set up a roadblock on the road to Sokehs. 2. Polis ko roudplokih elen kohla Sokehso. The police blocked the road to Sokehs. 2. Re roudplok. They blocked the road. [Eng.] roudplokih, vt.

rohk   vt. to gather up, to catch with the hands.

rokumw   n. sp. of small land crab.

rokupadda   1. vi. to play the game, fly-take-a-bat. 2. n. the name of this game. [padda <Jap. battā]

rokpahs   n. incense holder.

rohlak   n. rowlock, oarlock. [Eng.]

rohlikedepw   vi. to fish for shrimp.

rommwidi   vi. to appear withdrawn; to calm down.

Rohmw, also Rom.   n. Rome.

Rohnkitti   n. a section (kousapw) in Kitti.

rong   vt. to hear, to listen; to examine with a stethoscope. cf. [meing] karonge, aipenlenge, elielpaidoke, kapaidoke.

rongada   vt. to hear information that is possibly unreliable.

rohng   n. news.

rongamwahu   n. good news; good reputation; gospel (Biblical).

rongapar   n. gossip, rumor.

rongada   vt. to hear information that is possibly unreliable.

rongen sohpeidi   n. the widow of a Nahnmwarki, a royal widow.

rongkapw   n. current news, recent information.

rongwasa   adj. having a keen sense of hearing.

rop   vi. neut. of Micronesian canoes, to change direction by repositioning the sail.

rohpapiso   meing. n. carrying litter, for the Nahnmwarki or Nahnken.

rohpe   n. a container for carrying things, such as a food basket.

ropwe   n3s. rooster's comb.

ropwen malek   n. plant sp., Celosia argentea.

rohroh-   vi. to be on its way; bedtime stories are normally concluded in this way. Ahi soaipwoat rohrohwei. My story is on its way to you.

rorok   adj. contrary to one's expectations.

rohrohki   archaic. vt. to be protective of. Ken rohrohki irepensapw. Be protective of your land boundaries.

rorong   slang. vi. to sleep, of children.

rohrohpwel   n. a commoner, one destined to serve.

ros   vi. to be consumed or used up.

rohs, also wahn rohs.   n. flower, any flowering plant; rose. [Eng.]

rohsapal   n. the name of a portion of a kava plant. When a large kava plant is split up so that it can be carried to a kamadipw, it is divided into three parts with the branches still intact. The first to be severed is called nahnie, the second nahnpe, and the third rohsapal.

rosario₁   1. n. rosary. 2. vi. to say the rosary. [Spa. rosario]

roson   adj. healthy, of human beings.

rohsopwou   vi. to fish for the sp. of fish called sopwou.

rosotakai   1. n. a game, involving teams in a game of catch. 2. vi. to play this game.

rot   vi. to be in the dark, to be ignorant.

roht   n. darkness.

rotala   vi. to become dark; to act irrationally; to have defective vision.

rotama   n. a dish made of grated Cyrtosperma mixed with bananas and sweetened.

rotapwahk   adj. pitch-black; in the dark, as of one who doesn't know something.

rotensowas   1. n. a kind of magic that enables the user to go unnoticed, as if invisible. 2. vi. to employ this kind of magic.

rowe   vt. to carry something on a litter between forward and rear carriers. ro, vi.

roake   vt. to take in handfuls; to make a fist.

roakoaroak   n. handful. I kiheng roakoaroak en rakied ehu nan kepo. I put a handful of gravel in the cup.

roam   n. rum. [Eng.]

roang   adj. burned, crisp, of something overcooked.

roangoaroangsou   vi. to be in the sun.

roangoaroangsoula   vi. to get sunburned.

roapwoahnge   vt. to hold against one's chest; to embrace someone or something, as a mother cradling her child. Liho roapwoahnge nah serio. The woman embraced her child.

roahs   n. whale.

roasailap   meing. vi. to sit. Mwohnsapw roasailap pohn tahto. Mwohnsapw sat on the floor. cf. mwohd.

Ruk₁   n. Chuuk, formerly known as Truk.

ruk₂, also rok.   vi. to hide; to take shelter. cf. [meing] merir.

rukih   vt. to peep; to observe from a hidden position.

rukihdi   vt. to ambush; to catch in the act.

rukoa   vt. to chew, to masticate; to crush. rukoaruk, vi.

rukoaruk   1. vi. neut. to chew; to crush. 2. adj. chewable, as of a soft bone, crispy, as of potato chips. rukoa, vt.

ruksaku   n. backpack, pack, rucksack. [Jap. ryukkusakku < Eng.]

ruhl   n. ruler, for measuring. [Eng.]

rupwurupw, also ripwiripw₂.   n. fish sp., brown-marbled grouper, Epinephelus fuscoguttatus.

ruhdo   n. coarsely grated tapioca.

ruwahdek, also urahdek.   1. vi. to be pulled, to be dragged. 2. adj. not quite cooked, of food items that are tested for being cooked by inserting a fine stick. ruwahdeki, vt.

ruwahdeki, also urahdeki.   vt. to pull, to drag. ruwahdek, vi.

ruwek   vi. to be sprained, to be turned, of the ankle.

ruwes   vi. to command, to order. ruwese, vt.

ruwese   vt. to order, to command. see ruwes.

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