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Pohnpeian-English (alpha)

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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.

udamwer   meing. vi. to cry, to weep, to moan. cf. seng, mauk.

udenmaih   vi. see udenmeih.

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

udenmwel   1. meing. adj. happy, contented, enjoying the good life, comfortable. 2. vi. to indulge in enjoyable activities. 1. Mwohnsapw udeudenmwel. Mwohnsapw is indulging in enjoyable activities. cf. nsenamwahu.

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

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.

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.

uhda   vi. to stand up.

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

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 pedeped   n. low tide.

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

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

uhda   vi. to stand up. cf. [meing] ninlengda, keuhleng.

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

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.

uhdak₂   n. the name of the post located to the right of the post located at the center of the main platform (saledenleng).

uhdi   vi. to stop, of a moving object, to cease an action; to yield; to point the top of something that is below.

uhk₁   n. net.

uhk₂   vt. to urge; to lead₁. Se kohla uhkada ohlo. We went there to urge the man to go.

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

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

uhkoas   n. see uhkos.

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

uhloak   n. the name of the post located, either to the left or right to the central post (saladahn enihlap) in a nahs, depending upon which chiefdom it is in.

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

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.

uhn   n. group, cluster of, bunch of.

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

uhn palahi, also kehmpalahi, 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.

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

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

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

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

uhpah   vt. to serve, to pay tribute to the soupeidi.

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

uhpalih   vt. to take sides with, to be prejudiced against, to be biased against. uhpal, vi.

uhpaup   vi. to poison fish. uhpe, vt.

uhpe   vt. to poison fish. uhpaup, vi.

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

uhpen palau   n. see uhpen iap.

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

uhpoar, also peupoar.   1. vi. to take sides. 2. adj. prejudiced, biased. 1. I pahn uhpoariki lahpo. I'll take sides with that guy.

uhpw   n. drinking coconut. cf. [meing] pehn, pwihleng.

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

uhpwelih   vt. see uhpwel.

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

uhr₂   n. post, pole, pillar, column.

uhrahn   vi. to have sexual intercourse during daylight hours.

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

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

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

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

uhrelleng   meing. n. mat, used as a cover; sheet, as for bedding. cf. tehi.

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

uhrenloak   n. a post located in a feasthouse on the right side of the main platform (when facing it), where the main platform meets the side platform.

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

uhs   n. float, as for a fishing net.

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

uhse   vt. to continue an activity; to relay, as a message; to extend. Uhsehla pakairo ong Soulik. Relay the message to Soulik.

uhsepe   n3s. continuation, extension.

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

uht   n. banana, Musa sp., a generic term for a large number of cultivars, the leaves of which are used for a variety of purposes, including the preparation of medicine and covering an uhmw; bananas are sometimes ingested as a means of removing fish bones caught in the throat; banana fibers of certain cultivars were traditionally used for weaving cloth, a skill which is no longer practiced.

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, thought by some to be from Manila. possibly the same as utin kuam.

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

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.

uk   adj. fast₁, speedy; violent.

ukada   adj. steep, uphill.

ukalap   n. large seine or net.

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

ukedi   adj. steep, downhill.

uketik   n. small seine or net.

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.

ukulehle   n. ukulele. [Eng.]

ulen kidi   slang. n. sausage, hot dog.

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

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

ullapitik   n. maternal uncle, mother's youngest brother. Ullaptiki ohl. That man is my mother's younger brother.

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, rerinpehiso.

uluhlen neh   n3s. upper shin bone. cf. [meing] oaloahllap.

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.

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

ulungen wehi   n. New Guinea starfish.

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.

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

umwulap   1. n. a type of medical treatment during which the patient inhales the smoke or vapors of a mixture of various plants, 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 darak   1. n. feast for a Nahnmwarki suffering from a grave illness. 2. vi. to give this feast.

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 a 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 someone departing, a farewell feast. 2. vi. to prepare this feast.

umwun kidi   n. an uhmw containing only dog.

umwunkoanoat   1. n. honorary feast for a Nahnmwarki. 2. vi. to prepare this feast.

umwun liksapw   n. a feast for someone departing.

umwun luhwenmei   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.

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

umwunmei   n. an uhmw containing only breadfruit.

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.

undeng   1. vi. to drive. 2. n. driver. [Jap. unten] undengih, vt.

undengih   vt. see undeng.

undohkai   n. athletic meet. [Jap. undōkai]

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

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

unkolahr   vi. to be nearly finished.

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

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

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

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

upuhp   1. vi. to be covered by a sheet, as for bedding. 2. n. a sheet, as for bedding; cover, a leaf used as protection against the rain. up, vt. cf. [meing] moaroap.

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

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.

urahdekih, also ruwahdekih.   vt. to pull, to drag. urahdek, vi.

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

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

urak₂   vt. to lap₃ up.

urak₃, also wurak.   meing. vt. to drink; to accept atonement, as part of a tohmw ceremony. cf. nim.

uralap   n. main supporting posts of a house.

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

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

uremei, also uramai.   1. meing. n. feast to celebrate the first usage of a new kava stone. 2. meing. vi. to give this feast. 1. Uremei ehu mwo. That is a dedication. 2. Iahd kumwail pahn uremei. When are you dedicating your new kava stone? uremeih, vt.

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

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

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

uritik   n. a secondary supporting post of a house.

uroamoar   vi. to wade or walk on the reef. cf. sapal.

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

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

urompwida   vi. to sprout.

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

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

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

usasang   vt. to pull from, to unplug.

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.

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

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.

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

uspwetepwet   vi. to pluck grey hair or whiskers. cf. [meing] uskomwkomw, ustepwetepw, kemeimeiso.

ustepwetepw   meing. vi. to pluck grey hair. cf. uspwetepwet.

usu   n. star, starfish.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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 both raw and cooked, 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 or uht tikitik.

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, also inahsio.   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.

utuhn nahna   n. base of a mountain.

utun ngih, also oton ngih.   n3s. gums, of the teeth. cf. [meing] katengeniot.

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

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

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

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.