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U, also Uh₃.   n. name of a municipality in Pohnpei; pronounced uh but spelled U in accord with an archaic spelling system that did not indicate vowel length.

-u   num. cl. used in the general counting system, often associated with round objects; occurs as ieu when used as an indefinite article. uhpw riau two drinking coconuts; pwuhk ieu a book.

uh₁   n. name of the letter u, the sixth letter of the Pohnpeian alphabet, used to represent the phoneme /u/, a high back rounded vowel, and, in syllable final position, the phoneme /w/, a velar glide.

uh₂   vi. to stand, to be presented.

uhlong   vi. of a long object, to point into; of a canoe, to move toward the land,.

uhda   vi. to stand up.

Uh₃, also Uh₃.   n. name of a municipality in Pohnpei, officially spelled U.

uh₄   vi. to boast.

uh₅   n. tide.

uh₆   n. fish trap.

uh₇   n. sharpening stone.

uh₈   archaic. adj. entire, whole, as in Pohnpeiuh.

uh loal   n. high tide.

uh ngalangal   n. low tide, when the bottom is exposed.

uh peipei, also uhkoas, uhkos.   n. a period of time when there is little variation in the tide; a tide of average height.

uh pedeped   n. low tide.

uk   adj. fast, speedy.

uk-₁   vi. to hurry up. ukido hurry up and come here; ukila hurry up and go there.

uk-₂   adj. steep, as of a slope.

uhk₁   n. net.

uhk₂   vt. to urge; to lead. Se kohla uhkada ohla. We went there to urge the man to go with us.

-uhk, also -iuk.   obj. pron. you; this form of the suffix occurs after consonants. duhp to bathe, duhpuhk to bathe you.

ukalap   n. large seine or net.

ukada   adj. steep, uphill.

uke   vt. to roll, of objects too heavy to lift.

ukedi   adj. steep, downhill.

uketik   n. small seine or net.

uhki   vt. to stand for, to side with; to support, to agree with, to favor.

ukili   vi. to recruit a woman for the purpose of prostitution.

ukinlekidek   n. throw net.

ukouk   1. n. a type of net fishing, where the fisherman uses a naik in each hand. 2. vi. to fish in this manner.

uhkos, also uhkoas, uh peipei.   n. a period of time when there is little variation in the tide; a tide of average height.

uhkoas   n. see uhkos.

ukulehle   n. ukulele. [Eng.]

ulen kidi   slang. n. sausage, hot dog.

uliunleng   meing. n. strand of hair. cf. pitenwel.

uhlong   vi. of a long object, to point into; of a canoe, to move toward the land,.

ulopat   vt. to lie adjacent to. E ulopatehng tuhkeho. He lay adjacent to a tree.

uluhl   1. n. pillow; small hill that is long and rounded, ridge; pile; bed, for planting. 2. vi. to use a pillow. ulung, vt. cf. [meing] derihleng.

uluhllap   meing. n. forearm. cf. uhnpeh.

ulung   vt. to use as a pillow. uluhl, vi.

ulung en kieil   n. fern spp., Davallia embolostegia or Davallia solida, used medicinally.

ulunge   poss. cl. a possessive classifier used for pillows or things used as pillows.

ulungen wehi   n. New Guinea starfish.

ulungedi   vt. to obstruct. Soulik ulungedi arail doadoahk. Soulik obstructed their work.

ulupang   vi. to lie on one's side. Se diar ah ulupang nan ahlo. We found him lying on his side on the road.

ullap   n. (3sg. ullepe) uncle, of the same clan; any person one's mother would call brother.

umepwosi   n. pickled plum. [Jap. umeboshi]

umpang   vt. to carry something requiring repeated trips, as numerous bags of copra; to carry. [Jap. unpan]

umw₁   vi. neut. to bake in an uhmw. umwun₁, vt.

umwunmei   n. an uhmw containing only breadfruit.

umw₂   num. cl. used in counting yams and bananas. kehp isuhmw seven yams.

uhmw   n. a traditional Pohnpeian oven made of loose stones that are heated and placed on the ground around the food to be baked; to bring an uhmw means to bring a set of contributions to a kamadipw that includes one pig, one yam attached to a pole or one bundle of breadfruit, and one kava.

umwulap   1. n. a type of medical treatment during which the patient inhales the smoke or vapors of various plant mixtures, usually by sitting under a sheet or blanket with the medicinal mix being heated by a hot stone or water. 2. vi. to undergo this type of treatment.

umwulap en kau   1. n. an umwulap treatment for conditions that might have been caused by harmful magic or sorcery. 2. vi. to undergo this type of treatment.

umwule   n. fish sp., forktail rabbitfish, Siganus argenteus.

umwun₁   vt. to bake in an uhmw. umw₁, vi.

umwun₂   n. fish sp., a kind of parrotfish.

umwun edied   1. n. a feast held immediately before going to war; at this gathering, warriors were often expected to eat only partly cooked rats, dogs, and in more modern times, pigs, as sign of their resolve and courage. 2. vi. to prepare this feast.

umwun kaunop   n. an uhmw made on Saturday in preparation for Sunday.

umwun kehmpwon   1. n. the second feast of the yam season, usually in August or September, representing a notification that people have eaten yams only in unsliced form; whole cooked tubers are presented. 2. vi. to prepare this feast.

umwun kepinwar   1. n. feast given for one departing, a farewell feast. 2. vi. to give this feast.

umwun kidi   n. an uhmw containing only dog.

umwun koanoat   1. n. feast for a Nahnmwarki. 2. vi. to prepare this feast.

umwun liksapw   n. a feast for someone departing.

umwun luhwen mei   1. n. the last feast of the breadfruit season, employing breadfruit of the meinsahrek type, signaling the end of the breadfruit season and the beginning of isol. 2. vi. to prepare this feast.

umwun maikol   n. an uhmw containing only maikol.

umwun mwurilik   1. n. death feast, given after the burial. 2. vi. to give this feast.

umwun neitik   1. n. feast given after the birth of a child, normally on the fourth day. 2. vi. to give this feast.

umwun pelien kehp   1. n. fourth feast of the yam season, occuring in September, in which cooked divided tubers are used tribute; serves as notification that yams have grown large enough to be divided and cooked. 2. vi. to prepare this feast.

umwun peneinei   n. family feast.

umwun darak   1. n. feast for a Nahnmwarki suffering from a grave illness. 2. vi. to give this feast.

umwunmei   n. an uhmw containing only breadfruit.

umwunsak   1. n. feast for a Nahnken. 2. vi. to prepare a feast for Nahnken.

uhn-   n. group, cluster of, bunch of.

uhn kehp, also ohn kehp.   n. vine of a yam, used medicinally.

uhn palahi, also ohdek₂.   n. a sp. of wild yam, palahi, Dioscorea bulbifera, sometimes called bitter yam, common yam, or air potato; called uhn palahi only when it is in the ground.

unahnihn kaus eni   1. n. a magical spell used to cast out an angry spirit or the ghost of an ancestor. 2. vi. to perform this activity.

une   n. mounded row, as in a garden. [Jap. une]

uhneipwa   n. an eloquent public speaker, a master spokesperson.

unkolahr   vi. to be nearly finished.

uhnpeh   n3s. forearm. cf. [meing] uluhllap.

unsek   adj. entire, whole, unanimous, complete; normal.

undeng   vi. to drive. [Jap. unten] undengih, vt.

undengih   vt. see undeng.

undohkai   n. athletic meet. [Jap. undōkai]

unge   n. plant species, Allophylus ternatus; use for medicine and to make fishing nets.

up   vt. to cover or shield oneself from the weather, to cover oneself with a sheet, etc. when in bed. upuhp, vi.

upada   vt. to raise a cover of some type to take cover from the rain.

uhp   n. plant sp., derris root, Paraderris elliptica, used for poisoning fish.

uhp kitik   n. vine sp., used for poisoning fish.

uhpaup   vi. to poison fish. uhpe, vt.

uhpal   vi. to take sides with, often used negatively, implying support for improper conduct. uhpalih, vt.

uhpali, also uhpoar, peupoar.   1. vi. to take sides. 2. adj. prejudiced, biased.

upada   vt. to raise a cover of some type to take cover from the rain. cf. [meing] keumarepada.

uhpe   vt. to poison fish. uhpaup, vi.

uhpen iap, also uhpen palau.   n. plant sp., Callicarpa candicans ponapensis used for poisoning fish.

uhpen palau, also uhpen iap.   n. plant sp., Callicarpa candicans ponapensis used for poisoning fish.

uhpene   vi. to compete; to disagree with one another; to run against another, as in an election.

upenei   n. vine sp., used for poisoning fish.

upidi, also up.   vt. to cover or shield oneself from the weather, to cover oneself with sheet, etc. when in bed.

upuhp   1. vi. (of oneself) to be covered or shielded from the weather, to be covered by a sheet, etc. when in bed. 2. n. a sheet, as for bedding; cover, a leaf used as protection against the rain, raincoat. up, vt. cf. [meing] moaroap.

uhpw   n. drinking coconut, young nut of the coconut palm.

uhpwel   vi. neut. to pile earth around the roots of a plant. uhpwelih, vt.

uhpwelih   vt. see uhpwel.

upwudenkod, also opwudenkod.   meing. n3s. clitoris. cf. tohl.

Upwudenmei   n. a subclan of the Dipwinpahnmei, once the ruling sublclan of Madolenihmw.

Upwuten Pahini   n. the former senior subclan of the Dipwinmen clan.

ur   vi. to wade, as in water or tall grass. urak₁, vt.

ur-   vt. to gather palm fronds for thatch. I pahn urodo ei parem. I'll gather my nipa palm fronds.

uhr₁, also urenna, wirenna.   n. spinylobster, Panulirus spp.

uhr₂   n. post, pole, pillar, column.

uraur   vi. to make a spashing sound, as when walking in water.

urak₁   vt. to wade, as in water or tall grass. ur, vi.

urak₂   vt. to lap₁ up.

urak₃, also wurak.   meing. vt. to drink. cf. nim.

uralap   n. main supporting posts of a house.

uramai, also uremei.   1. n. feast to celebrate the first usage of a new kava stone. 2. vi. to give this feast. uramaih, vt.

uhramwahu   adj. having good timing; having arrived at the proper time.

uhran   vi., vt. to wait for an event, to check on something and then return to another activity. cf. [meing] kehdied, kehdiede.

uhrahn   vi. to have sexual intercourse during daylight hours.

urahdek, also ruwahdek.   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. urahdeki, vt.

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

urahdied   meing. adj. jealous, usually with reference to one's spouse. cf. luwakahk.

uhre   n3s. muscle of a clam, used for closing the shell.

uhrelleng   meing. n. sheet, as for bedding. cf. tehi.

uhren uhpw   n. the soft upper part of the shell of the coconut, at a certain growth stage.

urenna, also uhr₁, wirenna.   n. lobster, Panulirus spp.

uresed   meing. vi. to walk on the reef, implying to a destination a considerable distance away, to hike. cf. sapal.

uhredi, also uhridi.   vt. to collect palm fronds for thatch.

uridi   vi. to end the rhythmic pounding of a kava stone, preceding the preparation of kava.

uhridi, also uhredi.   vt. to collect palm fronds for thatch.

uritik   n. a secondary supporting post of a house.

urompw   vi. to drag something in the water that creates a drag on a canoe or boat.

urompwida, also urompwda.   vi. to sprout.

urompwda   vi. to sprout.

urohs   1. n. skirt, half-slip. 2. vi. to wear a skirt or half-slip. [Jap. zurōsu < Eng. drawers]

urohs en Pohnpei   1. n. an elaborately designed, machine-sewn, appliquéd or embroidered skirt. 2. vi. to wear such a skirt.

Uruluk, also Oroluk.   n. a sporadically inhabited atoll located within Pohnpei State.

uruhr   1. archaic. n. laughter, happiness. 2. vi. to laugh, happy.

us   vt. to pull out, to pluck, to vote for. usuhs, vi.

usasang   vt. to pull from, to unplug.

uhs   n. float, as for a fishing net.

uhs uhs   n. a chase call used when hunting deer or wild pigs.

usalis   vi. to pluck whiskers, as with tweezers, shells, or fish scales. cf. [meing] kameimeiso.

usasang   vt. to pull from, to unplug.

use   n. grass sp., Cyperus javanicus, a perennial sedge that grows to a height of approx. three feet.

uhse, also usehla.   vt. to continue to completion; to relay, as a message; to extend.

usehi   vt. to pull out, as a sword from a sheath.

uhsehiong   vt. to convey information.

usekesek, also wisekesek.   adj. wet. cf. [meing] mwoluhdingiding.

uhsepe   n3s. continuation, extension.

usepehi   n. a cork-like wood that drifts into Pohnpei, used as a surface to rub on when making ngkoal (rather than the leg), also used as a cork for fishing or to plug a bottle or a hole in a boat.

uhsepengepenge   vt. to relay information that one is not sure of.

usol, also wusol.   n. (3sg. usole) scrotum; baby boy.

usolendong, also wusolendong.   n. the starchy growth found near decaying dohng trees, formerly exported to Japan where it was used in the manufacture of drugs.

usolmat₁, also wusolmat₁.   1. n. mature male pig; a derogatory term for filariasis. 2. interj. an insult.

usolmat₂, also wusolmat₂.   n. Siam weed, Chromolaena odorata, considered a noxious weed.

usukek   vi. to be slightly taller, higher, longer, etc. Soulik ekis usukeksang Lepen. Soulik is slightly taller than Lepen.

usukekida   vi. to jerk up.

usukekpeseng   vi. to be pulled from the joint, as a bone or a pipe. Pehie usukekpeseng. My arm was pulled out of joint.

Usuhn Rahn, also Usuhrahn.   n. Venus, the morning star.

usup, also weisip.   vt. to be splashing water towards an object, to be moistened, to be sprayed. usupih, vt.

usupih, also weisipih.   vt. to splash water towards an object, to moisten, to spray.

Usuhrahn, also Usuhn Rahn.   n. Venus, the morning star.

usuhs   1. vi. to vote. 2. n. election, raffle, lottery, vote. us, vt.

usuwarih, also usuwere.   vt. to strain one's neck to see something.

usuwer   vi. to strain one's neck to see. usuwarih, usuwere, vt.

usuwere, also usuwarih.   vt.

uskomwkomw   meing. vi. to pluck gray hair. cf. uspwetepwet.

uhd, also ihd₁.   vt. to take one's turn to.

uhda   vi. to stand up. cf. [meing] ninlengida, keulengda.

uhdak₁   n. (3sg. uhdake) native, one indigenous to an area; native land, homeland, country of origin. Irail eri sapahllahng nan uhdakarail. They then returned to their native land.

uhdak-   n. homeland, country of origin. Kitail pwuralahng uhdakatail. Let us return to our homeland.

udahn, also uhdahn.   sent. adv. certainly, really, definitely, truly. Pohnpei uhdahn lingan. Pohnpei is truly beautiful.

uhdahn   sent. adv. Pohnpei uhdahn lingan. Pohnpei is truly beautiful. see udahn.

uhdatohr, also uhtohr.   1. adj. independent. 2. n. independence.

udenmaih   vi. see udenmeih.

udenmeih, also udenmaih.   vi. to float in space; to spread, of sound.

uhdi   vi. to stop, of moving objects, to cease an action; to yield; to point the top of something downward; to stop and rest during an overland journey. cf. [meing] keidialidi.

udiahl   Biblical. vt. to observe, to watch, to behold. cf. kilang.

udipe, also widipe.   n. footstool.

udong   n. noodle. [Jap. udon]

uduk   n. (3sg. uduke) meat, flesh, muscle; Biblically, human or sex.

udukan   adj. having an abundance of meat, having a meaty appearance, of people, animals, and fish (desirable on Pohnpei).

uduken kow   n. beef. I iouki uduken kow. I like beef. [Eng. cow]

uduken masalepei   n. one who faints at the sight of blood.

uht   n. banana, Musa sp., a generic term for a large number of cultivars, the leaves of which are used for a variety of functional and decorative purposes, including the preparation of medicine and covering the uhmw; bananas are sometimes ingested as a means of removing fish bones caught in the throat; banana fibers from the inner part of the pseudostem of certain cultivars were traditionally used for weaving cloth, a skill which has apparently been lost.

uht kapakap   n. a banana cultivar, eaten both raw and cooked.

uht laud, also utin kuam.   n. a banana cultivar, mostly eaten raw, possibly the same as utin menihle.

uht piahia   n. a dish made of cooked bananas (peeled or unpeeled), cooked in coconut cream.

uht rais, also kudud, kirihm.   n. a banana cultivar, eaten both raw and cooked.

uht sukusuk, also lihlihn uht.   n. a dish made by boiling peeled or unpeeled bananas (typically utin Ruk or inahsio), after which they are mashed and mixed with coconut milk.

uht tikitik, also utin menihle.   n. a banana cultivar, mostly eaten raw.

uten ngih, also uton ngih.   n3s. gums, of the teeth. cf. [meing] katengeniot.

uter   1. vi. to prepare food with grated coconut, to mix things together; to roll in sugar; to rub fat on food for flavor. 2. n. any food prepared in this manner. utere, vt.

utere   vt. to prepare food with grated coconut, to mix things together; to roll in sugar; to rub fat on food for flavor. uter, vi.

utiak   n. generic name for a group of banana cultivars, eaten both raw and cooked.

utiak en angaur, also utiak en palau.   n. a banana cultivar, eaten both raw and cooked.

utiak en palau, also utiak en angaur.   n. a banana cultivar, eaten both raw and cooked.

utiak en pohnpei   n. a banana cultivar, eaten both raw and cooked.

utimwas   n. a banana cultivar, mostly eaten cooked.

utimwot   n. a banana cultivar.

utin iap   n. a banana cultivar from Yap, mostly eaten cooked; highly esteemed, can be offered to paramount chiefs.

utin kerenis, also kirou rohi.   n. a banana cultivar, eaten cooked or uncooked, from Kapingamarangi.

utin kouruhr, also peleu₂.   n. a banana cultivar, mostly eaten cooked, said to ripen faster if you smile at it.

utin kuam, also uht laud.   n. a banana cultivar, mostly eaten raw, thought by some to be from Guam, possibly the same as utin menihle.

utin lihli , also ilario.   n. a banana culivar, mostly eaten cooked.

utin menihle, also uht tikitik.   n. a banana cultivar, mostly eaten raw, thought by some to be from Manila. possibly the same as utin kuam.

utin pihsi   n. a banana cultivar, mostly eaten raw, from Fiji.

utin ruk, also poupoulap₂, akihna.   n. a banana cultivar, mostly eaten cooked, from Chuuk.

utin seipahn   n. a banana cultivar, from Saipan, mostly eaten cooked.

utin wai, also utin wai mwotomwot.   n. a banana cultivar, mostly eaten raw.

utin wai mwotomwot   n. see utin wai.

utindol, also utidol.   n. a banana cultivar, eaten both raw and cooked.

utinwel, also tikahp, utisel.   n. banana sp., Musa textilis, usually eaten cooked.

utipe   n. support, brace; footstool.

utisel, also tikahp, utinwel.   n. banana sp., Musa textilis, mostly eaten cooked.

utidol, also utindol.   n. a banana cultivar, eaten both raw and cooked.

uton ngih, also uten ngih.   n3s. gums, of the teeth. cf. [meing] katengeniot.

uhtohr, also uhdatohr.   1. adj. independent. 2. n. independence.

utuhn nahna   n. base of a mountain.

utuhn ngih, also otohn ngih.   n3s. gums, of the teeth. cf. [meing] katengen iot.

utuhnpil   n. source, of a river or a stream.

utung   vt. to prop up, to hold up, to support. utuht, vi.

utuht   1. vi. to be propped up, to be held up, to be supported. 2. n. support. utung, vt.

utuwi   n3s. source of a river or stream, upstream.

uwako, also wako.   vi. to gag. cf. [meing] wahloal.

uwe₁   n3s. size, amount, quantity. Ia uwe? How big is it?

uwe₂   n3s. residue.

uwenrahn   meing. adj. intelligent, smart, clever, shrewd, sharp. cf. loalekeng.

uhweng   vt. to oppose, to disagree with; to go against.

uhweng kosonned   vi. to be illegal, to do something illegal.

uhwoas   vi. to cut ivory palm fronds for thatch.

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