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baby

To regurgitate through the nose like a baby. dumuuq

To nurse a baby. faamcheew

Liyam and copra grated and cooked, use as baby food. gaplel

Fish (baby talk). guuq

To burp, as a baby. lakoq naag

Hermit crab; baby talk for genitals. l'iil

Still small enough for a waay, of a baby. madwaay

Your mother (baby talk of cursing). m'em

To carry on the shoulder, of a baby. p'aaw

To sleep, baby talk. pumpum

Baby powder. qoesroey

Baby talk for eight. waak

Basket for carrying baby inside; basket for carrying personal belongings inside. waay

Woman who has just had a baby. yoob

baby's

Smooth, soft, thin, tender, as a baby's skin. mereerey

Smooth, soft, thin, tender, as a baby's skin. mireerey

bachelor

Old maid, unmarried woman, bachelor. machugbil

Bachelor party, stag party. saqangqang

back

Back, base or nape of his neck. bileel'ugun

What one gets back from a journey. chuurean

To rock, or swing back and forth. faesuul

To strip back from something. faethiy

To swing back and forth as a knife. furfuruy

Have the foreskin pulled back, or circumcised, of the penis. gooth'

Have the foreskin pulled back, or circimcised, of the penis. guth'

Back, behind, rear; bark, skin, covering; outside. keeruq

To carry a person piggy back. köqkoeq

To carry a person piggy back. köqkoeq naag

To turn back and forth, spin, as a log in water. leapleap

Seat back, something to lean against, back rest. maagireeq

Seat back, something to lean against, back rest. maagireey'

To almost slap; to make a slap at someone but to hold back at the last instant; tilting, like a tree. mear

To swing back and forth, or up and down. moeruur

Back of the neck. ngoreq

Back of the neck; neck bones. ngureq u l'ugun

Kind of magic to cause a canoe to flip over back to upright, getting water out in the process. pachael garngaab

To saw, cut back and forth, slice. puupuuy

To make something tagul or to come back from the dapael. qarow

To stop back and forth, as water in bottle. qëchqëch

To almost slap; to take a slap at someone but to hold back at at the last instant. saakaleag

To return, come back. suul

To go back and forth. suulsuul

To return, bring back; to reply. suuluweeg

Back corner of inside of jaw. tamaleqgur

To move in a weaving back and forth way, like a drunk. tawaangwaang

To be restrained, held back; to collide against repeatedly. tuntun

Behind, back, last. wuryal

The loop or tail in the back of a kafor. yuuwuruq

backbone

Spine, backbone, midrib of a leaf, main stem of a vine. keenil'

Spine, backbone, midrib of a leaf, main stem of a vine. keenyil'

His spine, backbone. niiw u keeruq

bad

To cause something bad or misfortunate to happen or occur. bucheeg

Taste bad, salty in taste. buqachath

To happen, occur; said especially of something bad or misfortunate. buuch

Rotten taro which has gone bad while hung in storage. buyuub

Weather; windstorm; upwind side, bad weather; season. faang

Appearance, of something with a bad appearance. gusun

Bad, offensive, of smell, appearance, etc. kan

Bad. kireeb

To make bad, break, ruin. kireeb naag

Rotten, evil smelling, foul smelling, bad, of food. meal

Infected, bad, poisonous, allergenic; to criticize someone, to "bad mouth". qadaaw

Hard, strong, forceful, stiff; short-tempered; bad sport; left over and reuseable thatch on a roof when you're going to thatch again; ripe, as fruit. qël

To worsen, of health; bad, sick, worse, of health. qubichiyaq

Ruined, made wrong, bad, wrecked, spoiled. tagaan

To ruin, spoil, wreck, make wrong, make bad. tagaan naag

To reject someone, e.g. because of their bad behavior. tamuun

badly-behaved

Disobedient or naughty, as of a badly-behaved child. A dizzy feeling or feeling faint or drunk. baalyaang

badly-made

Loose, poorly woven, as a badly-made basket. puufpuuf

bag

Paper bag; envelope. biriif

Bag, sack. tuutuw

bail

To dig, scoop out; to bail as a canoe. fuqög

To bail water and carry. muul'

bailer

Bailer. niim

bait

To bite repeatedly, as fish at bait, to nibble. k'adk'aad

Type of sea worm used for bait. qineap

Fish bait; sign, omen, marker. waal

To bait, to tempt. waawaliy

To bait, to tempt. waeliy

balance

To flatten, as ground; to settle down something to balance. paeseag

bald

Bald. mudröq

ball

A type of tree with a whitish sap that grows along the shoreline. A ball use for playing. A time or occasion of playing ball. baat'

To pound food to make it into a ball; food pounded and made into a ball. choelgoey

To catch something, as a ball, flying in the air. fachoel

To catch something, as a ball, flying in the air. fachoeliy

Type of ball game, similar to volleyball but without a net. pangith

To play ball. sabaat'baat'

To roll, turn, like a ball on the floor. talooloobeab

Steel ball. teech

balloon

Balloon. fuuseeng

balsa

Balsa wood, which floats in from South America. The wood is used for corks for bottles, floats for nets, etc.; any soft light wood like this. badbaad

bamboo

Type of fish trap made of bamboo. chaap

Small bamboo raft. faafat

Section, segment, as on bamboo or sugar cane. fith

Type of bamboo dance. gamel'

Type of spear with bamboo handle. golongthog

Sections as in bamboo or sugar cane; knots on a rope; penance. leebug

Sections as in bamboo or sugar cane; knots on a rope; penance. liibug

Outer part of frame of bamboo canoe platform opposite outrigger. meeyeq

Bamboo dance sticks. mooch

Large type of bamboo; bamboo raft; bamboo lime container. moor

Small bamboo. puw

Crab trap made of bamboo. qarul

A reed like bamboo; type of shell. qucheel

Bamboo dance sticks. rey

Bamboo fish trap. saagël

Section, as of an orange, or of bamboo. thiniy

Bundle of anything like long sticks, bamboo, etc. thum

Large bamboo raft for heavy load. wupqeb

Hairy things on young bamboo and sugar cane. yaan

Part of bamboo dance. yalëy

Hairy things on young bamboo and sugar cane. yeen

Bamboo net spacer. yir

banana

Lavalava or waistband made in Ulithi; worn by Yapese men as a waistband and by Outer Island women as a wrap-around skirt, and also used in the Outer Islands for burying the dead; woven from banana stem fiber, and also from cotton thread. The common kinds are black and white, but they are also made with various colors and patterns. baagiy

Old banana leaves; old grass skirts booch

Old banana leaves; old grass skirts. bowoch

Dry banana leaves cut for grass skirts. chabcheb

A type of short-stemmed banana tree. chiichir

Type of banana. chuug

Type of small fish like sardines, type of banana. dabear

Type of banana. dabeer

Type of fish; type of banana. dabeer

Banana plantation. dapagäl

Banana tree. dinaey

Type of banana. faak ea weel

Type of banana. gaan ea yakoq

Governor; type of banana. gabnaedoer

Type of banana. gumoey

Type of banana. guwaam

Type of banana. madoedaew

Type of banana. malugyeab

America; the English language; type of banana. Mariikeen

Kind of banana. mireech

Type of banana. mureech

To bloom, of banana tree. ngal'og

Type of banana. ngariy

Type of banana. ngochngooch keenggin

Banana bud. ngol'og

To peel all the way down, e.g. banana, etc. paangalik'

Banana, squash, pumpkin; type of potato; yellow sea urchin roe. p'aaw

Type of banana; gray color. puthoethaew

Type of banana. qaraay

Type of banana; type of wild gabuuy. qasaakar

Type of banana. qawatwaat

Taro leaf stem; new leaves of banana tree. qochqoch

Shoots, as of taro or banana. roed

Sugar; type of small sweet banana. suugaa

Type of banana. taangrat

Type of banana; Taiwan. Taaywaang

Type of banana. tafgiif

Hand of banana; level, grade, stage. yaan

Type of banana. yuurnim

bank

Man-made river bank or levee; stone wall. chabog

check (bank draft). cheek

Bank to hold water in maqut. dowoq

Bank to hold water in taro patch. libeq

Levee, bank, as of a river. p'eachabog

Bank, embarkment, small cliff or slope. reech

banyan

Type of banyan tree. qaaw

bar

Bar, public place for drinking alcoholic beverages. baar

barb

Barb on fishing spear. loqmal

bark

Skin peeling due to being burnt from the sun or the like. To peel off, as bark of a tree or paint. baap

To peel the skin of a person or the bark of something, as the sun does when you get sunburnt. baap naag

Peel the skin of a person or the bark of something. baapbaap

The wood of any hibiscus plants after the bark has been stripped off. bal'iy

Type of tree with leaves used as toilet-paper; its bark is used for certain medicine. Two kinds, one with red bark and the other with white bark. biid

Its bark, skin (but not of an animal or human). fitiyuruq

Hibiscus tree; loincloth or any sort of cloth made from hibiscus bark. gaal'

Type of tree with soft bark and tiny leaves. ganit'niit' yuwaan

Back, behind, rear; bark, skin, covering; outside. keeruq

Peel the bark off. laapëy

To peel hibiscus fiber very close to the branch; to separate the bark from the proper layer of fiber. liqkeen

To strip bark from hibiscus. loepoef

To peel off as bark of a tree. paalëy

Bark of tree. qalach

To shout, bark, yell. toeluul

To take the bark off a tree for it to die. weechibiy

barks

Type of parasitic grass that grows on the barks of trees. chiichirqol

barnacle

Barnacle. gabälmalaang

barracuda

Type of fish, large barracuda. maal'

Type of fish, small barracuda. tharow

barren

Barren, of women. wogorom

bars

Cross bars on boat or canoe. gol

base

Base of something, particularly a tree; stump of a tree. beal

Base of something, particularly a tree; stump of a tree. beel

Base in baseball; slang for girlfriend. bees

Back, base or nape of his neck. bileel'ugun

Its base, foundation, beginning. boelngin

Base of, as tree, stick, etc. chapin

Brown cloth-like substance at base of coconut tree; coconut cloth. firigniiw

Coconut leaf base. paalëy

Its beginning, its end, its base, foundation. taboelngin

Its base, as of a coconut leaf. tabuulean

Betel nut leaf base sheath. wathir

baseball

Bat in baseball. baattaa

Base in baseball; slang for girlfriend. bees

To pitch, in baseball. piich

Baseball. yaakyuu

basil

Type of plant with fragrant flowers and leaves, maybe basil. lamaar

basin

Small wash basin. seemeengkii

basket

A small food basket made from coconut leaves, such as a child might take his lunch to school in. baach

Type of grass; type of purse or basket made from this type or grass. To roll a cigarette. baayil

Small basket to put inside of larger basket to put small things in like money, fishhooks, etc. It is woven from a type of reed grass, or pandanas leaves. A type of reed grass. beäl

Basket, only used for coconut leaf ones. duug

Type of basket with open ends. fanoel'

Type of basket with open ends. fanwul'

Type of grass; type of purse or basket made from this type of grass. gaagëch

Basket for cooked food. geeb

Basket with two n'eys; ambidexterous. gilröw

Basket handle. gumeer

Basket for cooked food. leeb

To weave, as a basket. lifith

Coconut rib on a mat or basket or on a coconut leaf. n'ey

To take off individual buw from the dagaq, as to put in basket. ngudiy

To take off individual buw from the daggaq, as to put in basket. nguduy

Loose, poorly woven, as a badly-made basket. puufpuuf

Type of basket for carrying betel nut. sawëy

Hanging basket on the wall. tangrig

Basket for carrying baby inside; basket for carrying personal belongings inside. waay

Personal basket, purse. yoed

Type of round plate-like basket. yuurbeab

baskets

Type of baskets with closed ends. cheal

bat

Bat in baseball. baattaa

Kind of (largest) bat, smells like buur tree. buur

Fruit bat. maagul'aew

bathe

To wash, bathe. luk

To wash, bathe. maeluk

To wash; to bathe, to rinse. maeluk naag

To wash something, to bathe. maelukuy

bats

A smaller breed of fruit bats. daak'

Bird (including bats). qarcheaq

battery

Battery (flashlight battery, not car battery). deenchii

Battery; electricity; magnetism. gaamiig

battle

Battle dead, corpse killed in battle, dead body. lidow

War, battle. mael

Battle spear. sarëy

bayonet

Bayonet, steal spearhead. pachooch

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beach

Type of tree, beach heliotrope. cheen

To drift. To drift and arrive somewhere; to beach. madab

beads

Beads, necklace churwaq

Beads, necklace. churwoq

Beads. figaq

beam

Medial floor divider beam in house. chooch

A beam in a house structure. maqbil

Footing beam for walls and beams. taaq

Vertical beam in house for house. thiig

beams

Footing beam for walls and beams. taaq

bean

Bean pole, stick or piece of wood used to direct climbing plants in a garden. chaang

beans

To coil or wrap itself around a pole, said of vines, yams, beans, etc. choediy

Beans. maamee

bear

To give birth to, bear (a child). gargealeag

To give birth to, bear (a child). gargealeeg

To bear fruit, to blossom, to bloom. k'uuf

beard

Its fringe, as of grass skirt, a beard, etc. matharngean

Beard. roob

Beard. sooroob

bears

Female who bears a child for the first time. lootoraq

beat

To kill; to beat someone; to catch fish; to beat up. liiq

Push net; to beat someone by pushing him to the ground. mangaagow

To pound, smash, beat. pardëq

To pound, smash, beat; to beat up. pirdiqiy

To hit against, pound, beat a person up (slang); to tattoo. qän

To hit, chop, strike, beat; to build; to spank; to carve. toey

beautiful

Beautiful, of women. pidooraang

because

Ghost of a woman who died in childbirth or because of childbirth, said to return to nourish her child. bulungwol

Meteor (so called because loegugean reeb ea piiluung ni kea yaen chug

Pertains to foreigners, especially white skinned ones. So called because they were thought to have arrived from foam in the ocean. faak ea wuth

To start, be startled because of something. faqtal

Magic; taboo because of magic; holy; obscene. machmaach

To reject someone, e.g. because of their bad behavior. tamuun

Because. yaa

beckon

To beckon, to call; to suck. pining

To beckon, to call; to suck. pinpining

become

To say, quote; to do like this; then in narration; become like this. gaqar

To fit, suit, be suitable or fitting; to be or become in close contact with. k'ad

To become, to come into position. maang

To be just right, of betel nut; to become red, of langad, gaal', or other plant material, medicine, or flower which have fallen and become red. malaal'

A place brackish place where dagur is left to become qaaw. mälngiy

To become the responsibility of. miil faan

To appear, become visible. m'uug

To hatch, become, change into, to change. ngael'

To change something, to cause something to become something. ngal'uweeg

To become calm, quiet, peaceful. paes

Become a little bit crazy, drunk, or dizzy. sabaalbaalyaang

To come into being, become, be created, start, begin. sum

To crush or make something to become out of shape. thilpariy

bed

Bed. beet

Sleeping mat; sleeping place; bed. choob

Sit, lie, or stand on something uncomfortably, as sleeping on a bed with a stone underneath. mael'igil'

Bed sheet. sikiif

Foot of the bed; low place (socially); afterbirth. The color black, dark-colored. taqay

Pillow, head of bed. teeyeey'

bedridden

To filter tuba using m'araaniiw; a bedridden old person. ganaqun

bee

Bee, wasp; to buzz, hum. nguul

beef

Cow, beef. garbaaw

been

The wood of any hibiscus plants after the bark has been stripped off. bal'iy

A piece of coconut husk that has been fermented to make rope. baqal

To bury a new corpse inside the grave that's already been used to bury another corpse before. bigbigiy ea yaam'

To flip up suddenly, of something which had previously been lying down. fartang

To flip something up suddenly which had been lying down. fartangiy

The non-fibrous part of coconut husk from which qaaw fibers have been removed. limach

Silt in water after it has been agitated. magërgër

A string of coconuts which have been husked. muyeeg

Muddy, of water which has been stirred up. roekroek

To rise up, of something which had been lying down. tareag

Ceremony after someone has been buried. yaqal

beer

Beer. biyaa

Coconut toddy, palm wine, palm beer. fuluubaa

Coconut toddy, palm wine, palm beer. mood

Coconut beer dregs. piis

Coconut toddy, palm wine, palm beer. qachif

before

Flat stone placed over coffin in a grave before dirt is put in. A type of magic to rid of danger or sickness. bälbäl

To bury a new corpse inside the grave that's already been used to bury another corpse before. bigbigiy ea yaam'

young girl before puberty. buulyal

To catch something before it hits the ground; to scoop. choeweeg

To catch something before it hits the ground; to scoop. choey

Past time, a while ago, before. faraam

Day before yesterday. fooplaan

Two days before yesterday. foopringaan

To engage in taboo, land-oriented activities before fishing. galimlim

To cover the hand before handling something dirty. galongeag

To put food in a pot the night before cooking to prepare it beforehand. lagar

To put food in pot the night before cooking to prepare it beforehand. lagariy

Very early morning, before dawn. madabiy

First, ahead, in front of,, before; the front. m'oon

First, ahead, in front of, before; the front. soomm'oon

Before dawn, predawn. taan i rraan

To pass one's trade or vocation to one's successor just before death. thuum'

To wrap fish before smoking. tuthunguy

Two days before yesterday. wuruq ea foopringaan

beforehand

To put food in a pot the night before cooking to prepare it beforehand. lagar

To put food in pot the night before cooking to prepare it beforehand. lagariy

befuddled

Confused, befuddled, bewildered. maen-aen'

beg

To beg, ask for. maen

To beg, ask for. niing

Beggar, to beg. taamaen

To beg. tamoeliig

beget

To make pregnant; to impregnate; to beget. diyean naag

beggar

Beggar, homeless person. mäleethaey

Beggar, to beg. taamaen

begging

Begging dance used at funerals. taam'

begin

To come into being, become, be created, start, begin. sum

To create, initiate, begin, start. sunumeeg

To create, initiate, begin, start. sunumiy

To start, begin. tabab

beginning

Its base, foundation, beginning. boelngin

Beginning or tip of something, as, for example, a river, a stick of wood, etc.; finger or toe when used as a classifier for paaq, qaay. bugul

In dancing: at the beginning when all dancers are lined up, but sitting, or standing quietly, waiting for the dance to start. chap

The part of a dance at the beginning where the ^caller^ recites the first few lines while the dancers do not dance but only clap. gaas

The part of a dance at the beginning where the ^caller^ recites the first few lines while the dancers do not dance but only clap. gaesig

Beginning; motion, in parliamentary procedure. matookeän

Its beginning, end. taban

Its beginning, end. tabanggin

Its beginning, its end, its base, foundation. taboelngin

behalf

To pay penalty or fine for a crime, by Yapese tradition, usually done on one's behalf by a representative. biyuuliy

behave

To act, behave, do, make. ngoongol

behavior

Above it, on top of it, on it; his behavior. dakeän

Behavior or habit, in a moral sense. gafaerig

Its effect, action, work; his behavior, personality. pangin

His behavior, personality; its effect, action, work. puman

A particular way of life or a particular behavior. rëgrëg

To reject someone, e.g. because of their bad behavior. tamuun

Personality, behavior, character. wook

behind

His shadow; behind him; his image; picture of him. faen

His shadow; behind him; his image; picture of him. foen

Back, behind, rear; bark, skin, covering; outside. keeruq

Left over, left behind, extra; slow to move. magëy

Last, behind. toomur

Behind, back, last. wuryal

being

Skin peeling due to being burnt from the sun or the like. To peel off, as bark of a tree or paint. baap

To take a chance after being told of the danger involved. biibiy

Sound like metal being pounded. chaen

Pop; sharp sound, as of cork being drawn. chooq

To interject a point totally irrelevent to what is being talked about. doomaar naag

Being a brat, as a kid. fadang

To uncover a cooked pot of food; to come to the surface of the water after being under. foer

To be being wasted, supererogatory. moqadaab

Magic spell to prevent something from being touched. p'uul

To wash sloppily and not being properly cleaned. qatbariiriy

To come into being, become, be created, start, begin. sum

Results of it's being night. waqamngin ea neap'

Coming in wave, as the wind; being in a single generation. yuuyuumëy

belch

To burp, belch. giloewöq

To burp, belch. lakar

To burp, belch. lakoq

To burp, belch. lokoq

To burp, belch. lokoq naag

To burp, belch. qalkar

bell

Bell. beal

belly

One's belly, lower part of the belly. duguun i ney

His navel, belly button. miit i thaan

My belly. naeg

To be lying belly up. taflang

To cause to lie belly up. taflangeag

His navel, belly button. thaan

Belly button. toethaan

His belly. yin

belly-button

Belly-button, navel. matoethaan

belonging

The island in Palau called Angaur by Americans. A Yapese dance composed in Angaur, belonging to Tamil. One of the type of dance called gaasleaw. Yaawur

belongings

A wooden box with a lid for storing small personal belongings such as tobacco. baar

Possessions, belongings, personal property. chugöm

Possessions, belongings, personal property. chugum

His possessions, his belongings, his personal property. fean

A box, with a lock for storing belongings in. kiiwaar

Basket for carrying baby inside; basket for carrying personal belongings inside. waay

A small box for personal belongings. wael

Type of fish, large trunk fish; small box for keeping small belongings in. wöl

below

Glow of light as of sun at dawn, of moonrise, or as of a town below the horizon. buräq

Glow of light as of sun at dawn, of moonrise, or as of a town below the horizon. bureq

belt

Belt. liqed

bench

Bench. beenchii

Bench, stage, platform in a tree above the ground, copra drying hut. faang

bend

To bend, as a bow or arch. boereeg

To bend as a bow or arch. boor

To stoop, squat, set (of a hen), bend down, lean over; flexible. boorboor

To bend, make crooked. bugbuguy

Sharp bend in reef; the two sides of the mouth of a channel through the reef. buguw

To bend something. buguy

To bend. gaabar

To bend without breaking. gaabareeg

To bend. gaabariy

To bend, as to shape. gamaangiy

To bend down. lumeal

To bend to the side, as a tree. maamëy

To bend down, as a tree to make a snare. meer

To bend down, as a tree to make a snare. meereeg

To bend to the side. mëy

To stoop, squat, set (of a hen), bend down, lean over; flexible. moermoer

To stoop, squat, set (of a hen), bend down, lean over; flexible. moormoor

To bend, make crooked. sabugbuguy

bendable

Bendable. gamaang

bent

Crooked, bent, curved. bug

Crooked, bent, curved. bugbug

Easily bent, as a young twig. garungrung

Somewhat crooked, bent, curved. sabugbug

beside

Near, by, beside, close to, next to. charean

best

At its best in everything. fagmos

Best, most, superlative. th'abii

betel

Classifier for betel nuts and certain fruits, also for lines. bael'

Strong, of betel nut. baleal

Betel nut sheaths sewn together used for sunshade or umbrella. bilchigiy

Betel nut that has a mediciny taste. buufalaay

Coconut embryo. To sprout, as a coconut or betel nut. buul

Betel nut tree and its fruit. buw

Type of betel nut tree. buwag

Type of betel nut tree. buwog

Nguun without the betel nut. dagaq

Partially ripe, of betel nut. däldael

Betel nut sheaths sewn together to use as an umbrella. filchagiy

Hard, mature coconut or betel nut. gaagael

Hard, mature coconut or betel nut. gaageäl

Type of plant; pepper leaf for chewing betel nut; piper betel. gabuuy

Betel nut sheath used for sitting on. gilchabiy

Two betel nut sheaths sewn together for rain cover. gilchibuw

Green betel nut leaf. gilebwoq

To chew betel nut; a chew of betel nut. langad

To use a betel nut. langadiy

Green betel nut leaf. leebuwoq

Juice, of betel nut or coconut. lingir

Immature coconut, or betel nut, in which growth is stunted. l'iy

Young, soft coconut shell; soft meat in top of betel nut. liyem

Black colored, of teeth from chewing betel nut. machëy

Betel nut lime container. magad

To be just right, of betel nut; to become red, of langad, gaal', or other plant material, medicine, or flower which have fallen and become red. malaal'

Bitter, of betel nut. marat

Ripe coconut, old coconut, copra; ripe or old, of coconut or betel nut; ripe coconut meat. mareaw

Very tiny betel nut. miit i galip

Bunch, of coconuts or betel nuts. nguun

Betel nut sheath used for seat. pachanguw

To lower, as a sail; to unhang; to pick betel nut; to dodge a spear. pilig

The first-fruits of a betel nut or coconut tree that has just bloomed for the first time. qathalaab

To eat the first-fruits (qathalaab) of a betel nut or coconut tree. qathalabiy

Strong, of betel nut. qël wochëqën

Betel nut blossom bud sheath. qool

Betel nut juice or spittle. quchuth

Betel nut that is full inside. rutrut

Type of basket for carrying betel nut. sawëy

Betel nut that is red inside and full of juice. thilchogoy

Betel nut sheaths sewn together, as for rain cover. thilwuch

Pestle, betel nut pounder. tuguw

Betel nut leaf base sheath. wathir

Wrinkled, from age, of betel nut. woew

Wrinkled, from age, of betel nut. woewwoew

To coil around, as of a vine around something, to embrace; to be wrinkled from age, of betel nut. yabachbach

Classifier for betel nuts and certain fruits, also for lines, strings, etc. yael'

Strong, of betel nut. yuubaleal

Betel nut with a hard husk. yuumalaang

Type of sweet betel nut. yuuqaad

Betel nut with soft husk. yuuqochqoch

Bitter, of betel nut. yyoey

between

The bundle of hibiscus fibers in a man's gaal' which hangs down from the tied top to the place where it loops between the legs. choelig

World, earth, between heaven and hell. danoop

Unit of measure; span between thumb and forefinger, middle finger, or little finger. deq

To span; to measure by spanning between thumb and forefinger. deq naag

Rope between boom and gaff. faranaaraeliy

Type of giant octopus with membranes between the tentacles. gulgultaelum

Part of kafor between the legs. gul'iil

Substance between llaq and rachaq. leqbuqöd

To be caught between two things, sandwiched between two things. maqasthal

Necklace worn by woman between puberty and menopause. marfaaq

Necklace worn by woman between puberty and menopause. marfaaw'

Name of the passage or channel between Rumung and Fanif. M'iil

Coconut between qachibaey and t'oeb. milooyir

Deep place between reef and sandy part. rayëm

Deep place between reef and sandy part. ream

To go between, go through, as a fish through weed. rich

To put between, to insert. richeeg

To put between, to insert. richuy

A place between Keng and Nimar. Taburey

To be different, to difer; to pass, cross; (as possessed noun) relation, boundary, distance, between; what one has to say about oneself, one's welfare. thiil

A friction between two branches that makes a noise. waqyiy

beverages

Bar, public place for drinking alcoholic beverages. baar

bewildered

Confused, befuddled, bewildered. maen-aen'

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Bible

The Bible. Bibliyaa

bicycle

Bicycle. raat

big

Huge, gigantic., big, large. gaagang'

Big, large. gaaq

Huge, big, large. gang'

Cannon, big gun. gapung

Big, large. gaqgaaq

Type of fish, big wrasse. numeam

Big parrot fish. qathreq

Type of fish, big mullet. tangir

Rock, big rock. waar

bigamy

Marriage of a man to two sisters; bigamy; two siblings with one common parent; half brothers, half sister. tuguruw

bilge

Bilge of a boat or canoe. mayum

Its waste; rust, feces, guts, intestines, bilge (of a boat), filth, remains; song of abuse about someone. t'aay

billfold

Wallet, billfold. saayfuu

bird

Type of bird that lives in taro patches. Type of bird that lives in swampy areas, like taro patches. It is smaller than a gap'luw (small blackbird), and has a very complex song. when only one is singing, you would think it was three or four. baal'

Type of bird, similar to a pigeon. buloegol

Puffer fish; type of bird similar to a duck. bunoon

The Tahitian chestnut; gizzard or crop of a bird; kidney. buqöy

Type of bird, white heron. buuneeney

Type of sea bird. chöqgil

Type of bird, duck. dabaar

Type of small black bird. gap'luw

Type of sea bird. gap'luwean reegur

Type of bird, robin. gareach

Type of bird. giigiy

Type of bird. googow

Type of bird, heron. k'aaw

Type of bird, heron. k'ow

Type of sea bird. k'uleng

Type of sea bird. k'uling

Type of bird, parrot. kuukii

Type of white sea bird. machiich

Type of black frigate bird. maloob

Type of bird, eagle. manuw

Type of bird. qachgiigiy

Kidney; gizzard, crop (of bird), craw; very young coconut; type of salt water mollusc. qachibaay

Type of small bird. qalngithngith

Bird (including bats). qarcheaq

Type of bird. qarooluul

Type of bird. qatalramaq

Type of bird. qatalrawëy

Type of bird. qoeschaeng

Type of bird. qoroeluul

Type of bird. quchoegil

Type of bird like a robin or thrush. qumeal

Its leafy part, crown of a tree; group of fish, bird, etc. raan'

Type of sea bird. roothaal

Glide, as a bird. saeripow

Type of bird, which look like a k'uleng, but slightly smaller and underneath the tail is white. It lands with a rocking motion of its body. waanbiid

Kind of sea bird which is the sign of land for travellers. yaper

Type of white dove-like bird with a long tail. yuug

birds

Trachea; larynx; craw of birds. chorqol

To congregate of sea birds to catch fish. toomul

bird's

To flap, as a bird's wings. gaerupow

birth

To give birth. gargeal

To give birth to, bear (a child). gargealeag

To give birth to, bear (a child). gargealeeg

To miscarry, of birth. maraggil

birthday

Scissors; child's first haircut; birthday. pugoochug

Scissors; child's first haircut; birthday. puwoochug

Scissors; child's first haircut; birthday. puwuuchug

Birthday party, birthday celebration. taenchiyoebii

birthmark

Birthmark. qaach

Like a birthmark. qachqaach

biscuit

Biscuit, craker, hardtack; diamond in cards. bireel

bit

Few; little bit. boechquw

Bit, quantity. quw

Become a little bit crazy, drunk, or dizzy. sabaalbaalyaang

Tangled a little bit, coiled loosely, make mistakes somewhat. sal'ool'ooboch

To slip down a little bit; leak a little bit. siluul'luul'

bite

To bite or scrape with teeth. girgiriy

To bite, kiss. k'aad

To bite repeatedly, as fish at bait, to nibble. k'adk'aad

To bite, kiss. k'aed

To bite into. tagpal

bits

Small bits of thatch which fall from roof when it gets old. Type of roof thatch woven from whole palm fronds, rather than split ones. malabqëg

Small bits. yoechquw

bitter

Bitter, of betel nut. marat

Bitter. moqoy

Bitter, of betel nut. yyoey

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black

Lavalava or waistband made in Ulithi; worn by Yapese men as a waistband and by Outer Island women as a wrap-around skirt, and also used in the Outer Islands for burying the dead; woven from banana stem fiber, and also from cotton thread. The common kinds are black and white, but they are also made with various colors and patterns. baagiy

Bruise; black and blue mark. beech

Type of black surgeon fish. bilaew

Red and black stripes on a canoe. chael

Type of black stone. daabach

Type of large, black ant. gan'ing

Type of small black bird. gap'luw

Coal; the color black. kool

Black colored, of teeth from chewing betel nut. machëy

Black dirt. madal

Type of black frigate bird. maloob

Type of black surgeon fish. ngaraar

Type of small, black lizard. qamqam

Type of black crab. qidan

The color black; mud; dark colored. rungduq

The color black, dark-colored. taelimar

The color black, dark-colored. taelumar

The color black, dark-colored. talimar

The color black, dark-colored. talumar

Foot of the bed; low place (socially); afterbirth. The color black, dark-colored. taqay

The color pitch black. wayith

Multicolored, especially black and white. wupunuun'

blackbird

Type of bird that lives in taro patches. Type of bird that lives in swampy areas, like taro patches. It is smaller than a gap'luw (small blackbird), and has a very complex song. when only one is singing, you would think it was three or four. baal'

To strike at with the hand but not hit; to fly at, as a blackbird at a cat. tameermeer

bladder

Swim bladder of a fish; diving device; breath, wind (as in one's capacity to hold one's breath). luub

Gall bladder. qathib

blade

Fan; shoulder blade. ripow

Type of adze with curved blade. tow ni goey

blanket

Blanket, sheet, cover for sleeping. gulgul

To cover, as with a blanket or sheet. gulguliy

blends

Hard to see, as something that blends with its surroundings. mayoq

bless

To bless. moomog

blessing

An expression said as a kind of blessing when womeone coughs or sneezes, so he will stop. chub

blind

Blind. malmiit

Blind. maqeaw

Blind. maqyow

blink

To blink the eyes. taläblaeb

blistered

All broken up, multiply blistered, as from sunburn. pilpil

blisters

Bubbles, blisters. lublub

block

Concrete block. reengngaa

blocking

To be crosswise, blocking the road. dibchëy

blood

A kind of bug which sucks blood and usually lives in grass skirts. children's talk for genitals. bagow

Murder; blood feud. changp'aaw

Blood. rachaq

bloody

Bloody. mak' rachaq

bloom

To bear fruit, to blossom, to bloom. k'uuf

To bloom, of banana tree. ngal'og

bloomed

The first-fruits of a betel nut or coconut tree that has just bloomed for the first time. qathalaab

blossom

To bear fruit, to blossom, to bloom. k'uuf

Flower, blossom. mak'uuf

Betel nut blossom bud sheath. qool

Coconut blossom bud; type of boat. quchif

blow

To blow on; to smoke a cigarette. thoey

To blow. thow

blowgun

Blowgun. gathum

Blowgun. pathpath

Kind of tree whose branches are used as blowgun gaan. qawaeluch

blows

Rain which blows in under the edge of a shelter, roof, etc. dabqëg

To burst out, of bursts of air, as when a puffer fish blows up. f'uuf'uw

blue

Type of fly, blue bottle. bacharwol

Bruise; black and blue mark. beech

Type of blue taro. qoglaang

Blue. raqën maak'eef

The color blue, blue-green, purple, violet. yarraq

blue-green

The color blue, blue-green, purple, violet. yarraq

blurred

Hazy, blurred, foggy, smoky. taqathqaath

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board

Piece of board, plank. palaang

To surf on a piece of board. wos

boast

To brag, boast. gorrong

boastful

Proud, boastful. qufaan thiin

Boastful, proud. qufquuf

boat

Boat. booch

Boat bowoch

Type of fishing. drop-line fishing while allowing the boat to drift with the current. Done in breakers outside of reef. fadilaeg

To plug something, as the drainhole in a boat. gapuuliy

Cross bars on boat or canoe. gol

Easily sinkable, of boat or canoe; unskillful. mak'mak'

Gunwales of a boat or canoe. masap

Bilge of a boat or canoe. mayum

His vehicle, canoe, boat; its net pole. m'oor

Drain hole, as in boat. qayal

Coconut blossom bud; type of boat. quchif

Gunwales of a boat or canoe. roochol

To scrape bottom, of a boat. sear

To scrape bottom, of a boat. searsear

A support for firmnees, as in a boat. suus

Its waste; rust, feces, guts, intestines, bilge (of a boat), filth, remains; song of abuse about someone. t'aay

To go out on a boat at night to escape from mosquitoes. taneeng

Boat made out of folded sheet of corrugated roofing iron. tootaang

To be completely filled with water, as of boat. waamus

boats

Classifier for boats, canoes and ships and their contents; chagiy

To line up side-by-side, as of boats at a dock. gataat

To line up side-by-side, as of boats at a dock. gataateag

A small house for boats and canoe; slang for vagina. toem'

Mooring post or piling in water for boats and canoes. waag

body

The body of something which can be seen, felt, or touched. bayangean

Grated coconut for washing the body; to use chilif. chilif

Container, vessel, husk, empty shell, empty body. dagur

His body. doew

Battle dead, corpse killed in battle, dead body. lidow

To anoint or paint the body. liif

To anoint or paint the body. liyef

Pain in joints of body. maag

Yaws, a disease (on body except soles of feet). maraagus

Type of bird, which look like a k'uleng, but slightly smaller and underneath the tail is white. It lands with a rocking motion of its body. waanbiid

Dead body, corpse. yaam'

boil

To boil, as water. dulunguy

To boil; snore; purr; sound of approaching rain. ligil

Boil on the skin. loet

To burst open, as a boil on the skin. pooq

boiled

Boiled coconut cream. galug

To fry; to make a sizzling sound; to simmer, of a pot not yet boiled. mismis

boisterous

Noisy, boisterous, like a drunk. mayangar

bolt

Bundle; bundle of turmeric money; bolt of cloth. mabuul

Needle, bolt for door of a house. machëy

Nut (for bolt). naattoo

bomb

Bomb. bookdaang

Dynamite; explosive; bomb. doonmaech

bone

To bone, as fish. fadëyaag

Shin bone. fathul

To bone, as a fish; to investigate. firfirtiy

To bone, as fish. firtiy

To sprain a joint; to suffer a hairline fracture of a bone. miim

To sprain, or cause a hairline bone fracture. miimiy

Bone. yil

Its bone, its stem. yil'

bones

Back of the neck; neck bones. ngureq u l'ugun

book

Paper; book; letter, written from one person to another. baabiyor

books

Classifier for trees, books, crabs, two-shelled girdaan', grass skirts, etc. kea

boom

Outrigger boom on canoe. daawoch

Rope between boom and gaff. faranaaraeliy

Rope joining boom and gaff. foor

Boom, of sail. raeliy

bored

To get tired of, be disinterested in, be bored with. chuw-aen'

To be bored with, tired of; to be sweaty. qathngol

born

Type of fish that originate in fresh water, or born in fresh water, and move to salt water when it matures. faak ea raen

An odscene insult, literally means born from your mother. faakoom'

boss

Boss. boos

both

Is, be, the attributive predicator, occurring with both adjectives ("Ba gaaq ea bi ney") and nouns ("Ba naqun ea bi ney"). A, an, the indefinite article. It may be used specifically, as "Ka gu guy ba baabiy", in which a specific pig is in mind, generically, as "Gu ba qadaag ba baabiy", or definitively, as in "Bi ney ea ba baabiy" (answering "Maang ea bi ney?"). ba

To support something with care with both hands as to prevent it from falling or spilling. dunuub

Both a feminine and masculine name. Gapëy

To pull something with both hands. saapar

To pull something with both hands. saapariy

bother

To bother someone, as when he's fishing so that he won't catch any fish. maalaang

botom

Botom of the buttocks. chigiyean

bottle

Type of fly, blue bottle. bacharwol

Tight, stuck, like the top of a bottle. machëqchëq

Glass, bottle. maeloer

Bottle cap. maen'

Bottle cap, or just cap in general. män'

Glass, bottle. meeloer

Gallon bottle. niisoo

Type of quart bottle. poelyoel

To stop back and forth, as water in bottle. qëchqëch

Type of half-gallon bottle. qusuubiing

Bottle about the size of a fifth gallon, , the size of a shoyu bottle. sigoebiing

Type of quart bottle, any cylindrical bottle. yabachbach

bottles

Balsa wood, which floats in from South America. The wood is used for corks for bottles, floats for nets, etc.; any soft light wood like this. badbaad

bottom

Type of canoe with no prongs; bottom of a canoe. buleal

Type of small canoe made form a single piece of wood, that is the bottom of the canoe is made from a single piece of wood. buleel

Type of bottom fish that lives in muddy water. dabung

To be able to reach, as the bottom. dead

To rise with something, bring up as from bottom of water. foreag

To bottom fish, to fish with drop line. nguchuur

Bottom of net, i.e. length from top to bottom. pogon

Depth, bottom (of water); cloudy, murky, muddy, of water. qaer

Low tide; shallow sandy section of sea bottom. qey

To scrape bottom, of a boat. sear

To scrape bottom, of a boat. searsear

bounce

Kind of game, "bounce and fly". gasang

To flip up, spring up, bounce up. pogthaal

To ricochet, bounce off; to chip, as with an adze; to whittle, to plane. sirif

To bounce off, ricochet. t'ag

boundary

Boundary. mathiil

To be different, to difer; to pass, cross; (as possessed noun) relation, boundary, distance, between; what one has to say about oneself, one's welfare. thiil

boundry

Boundry in taro patch. daachowor

bow

To bend, as a bow or arch. boereeg

To bend as a bow or arch. boor

Bow for shooting arrows. gat'ing

bowels

To weigh something, to find out how much it weighs. To lighten something, make it not so heavy. A euphemism for relieving one's bowels. baaqudeeg

bowl

Mortar, bowl for pounding food, etc. dabiy

box

A wooden box with a lid for storing small personal belongings such as tobacco. baar

A cabinet or box for food storage, esp. cooked food. haaychoe

Box fish. kaahool

Box. kaahool

A box, with a lock for storing belongings in. kiiwaar

Type of fish trap that looks like a box. paalog

A small box for personal belongings. wael

Type of fish, large trunk fish; small box for keeping small belongings in. wöl

boy

Sentimental, sissy, ^momma's boy^. gabälkeen

Boy. pagäl

A young boy. sarpagäl

Masculine name, given to a boy child temporarily until a permanent name is decided on. Soogaaw

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bracelet

Bracelet. bachael

Bracelet. pachael

Type of bracelet. wachagmar

Kind of bracelet. wachugmar

Trochus shell; bracelet. yogyog

bracelets

Type of shell used for bracelets. loet

Type of shell used for bracelets. yaataaw

brackish

Brackish; crazy, half crazy. chunpath

Mouth of river, brackish. maeriiw

A place brackish place where dagur is left to become qaaw. mälngiy

brag

To brag, boast. gorrong

braid

To braid, plait; to tie together, string together, as a grass skirt; to weave, to tie a net. l'aeng

brain

Type of reddish-brown or orange round coral with indentations in it; brain coral. burud

Coconut shampoo; brain. man'ëy

Brain coral. qiiw

brakish

Brakish; crazy, half crazy. chunpad

branch

To strip or pick leaves from a branch. laapoef

To strip or pick leaves from a branch. leepoef

To peel hibiscus fiber very close to the branch; to separate the bark from the proper layer of fiber. liqkeen

The stub of a branch left on a tree after a part of it has broken off. madang

Its small end, far end, e.g. of a branch. maetunguun

His hand, his arm; one's responsibilities; branch; classifier for branches. paaq

Mature, old leaves on a branch. powaan

Small branch of gabuuy. qey

To fan or branch out, like roots of a tree in dirt. waathap

To branch or fan out, as roots of a tree in dirt. waethup

branches

To break off with force, as branches. chawoqiy

To cut off branches of a tree, to build with it, or to prune. faabug

To cut off branches of a tree, to build with it, or to prune. faabuguy

Branches of a tree. paapaqngin

His hand, his arm; one's responsibilities; branch; classifier for branches. paaq

Kind of tree whose branches are used as blowgun gaan. qawaeluch

Branches of wanguuy of coconuts. thigthig

A friction between two branches that makes a noise. waqyiy

branching

The place where a tree start branching off. gapar

Type of branching coral. langith

branchy

A branchy forest. maraprap

Branchy, of tree. paran'raan'

brat

Being a brat, as a kid. fadang

bravado

Bravado, swagger, showing off. yargael

Bravado, swagger, showing off. yargeäl

brave

Brave, courageous, not afraid of anything; a target not easily hit. faluuq

Brave, courageous. maath' dagiyal

Wealthy, hardworking, brave. madangdaang

bread

Bread fruit flower stamen. faaw'

Flour, bread. faloowaa

To knead flour for making bread. paakin

breadfruit

Edible breadfruit seeds. bugil

Young breadfruit. chogoy

Unripe breadfruit. chugëy

Breadfruit flower, stamen. faaq

Type of edible breadfruit. foonam

Type of breadfruit. maagyaang

Preserved breadfruit. maar

Type of edible breadfruit. maenyoer

Type of breadfruit. meenyoer

Type of edible breadfruit with large seed. mudur

Type of breadfruit. naawey

Type of breadfruit. paaqaaw

Type of breadfruit. paechuul

Type of edible breadfruit. peemthal

To shatter, said of breadfruit. poor

Ten buqöy (Tahitian chestnuts) or thow (breadfruit). qaen

Type of breadfruit. qaspanpaan

Type of breadfruit with seeds. sapanpaan

Type of breadfruit. tagfiy

Type of tree, breadfruit. thow

Type of tree, breadfruit. thöw

Type of breadfruit. yooqawaat

Type of breadfruit. yoqriib

Kind of breadfruit with edible seeds. yungluw

Type of breadfruit. yuubugil

Type of breadfruit. yuul'iy

Type of breadfruit. yuumdur

Type of breadfruit. yuupoof

Type of breadfruit. yuuqawoch

Type of breadfruit. yuurech

Type of breadfruit. yuurnim

Type of breadfruit. yuut'uuy

breadfruits

A count of ten breadfruits or ten Tahitian chestnuts. qan

break

To break up into pieces; crumble, like a dirt clod. bangbangeag

Easy to break, like young shoot of a tree; supple. bidbid

To break off with force, as branches. chawoqiy

To harvest fruit, pick fruit; to break off; to start a garden. duum'

To make bad, break, ruin. kireeb naag

Vacation, break (in work); a stop; to stop. matal

To snap or break suddenly. mathloq

To shatter, crack, as glass; break, as waves; decrease, of a swelling. pil

To break into small pieces, to crumble. sabangbangeag

To break into a house. safathiy

Break into, like a building. sifithiy

To snap, break, as a long object; to set the date of. t'aer

To break off, as a part of a statue. thilqöy

breakers

Type of fishing. drop-line fishing while allowing the boat to drift with the current. Done in breakers outside of reef. fadilaeg

breaking

To bend without breaking. gaabareeg

A pole used for breaking coral to catch fish. piisoon

The breaking into a house. safath

breast

To suck (as breast); to suckle; to suck anything. doedöqöy

Breast. thuuth

Sucking the breast (child talk). tuuttuut

breastbone

End of breastbone about the solar plexus. p'eebuw

breath

His breath. faan

Swim bladder of a fish; diving device; breath, wind (as in one's capacity to hold one's breath). luub

To sob, gasp for breath. qachfanfaan

breathe

To pant, breathe hard. faanfaan

To pant, breathe hard. fanfaan

To breathe. pagoofaan

breed

A smaller breed of fruit bats. daak'

breezy

Cool place, breezy place. tanifeeng

brew

To brew, as medicine; rot as vegetation in a swamp. buroew

To brew, as medicine. buroew naag

bridge

Bridge of nose. changaan p'eethunguy

Name of a certain bridge in Colonia. Ganiir

Bridge of the nose, root of the nose. malik' i p'eethnguun

Bridge. waathal

Bridge. weethal

Bridge. yadal

Bridge. yidal

briefly

Go off somewhere for a short time; stop out briefly. deal

brighter

To make a fire brighter. k'oereeg

bring

To take, carry, get, bring, fetch. feek

To rise with something, bring up as from bottom of water. foreag

To bring down. luweeg

To bring down, unhang. pul

To return, bring back; to reply. suuluweeg

bringing

To make the inside of a net smaller by bringing in the sides. thuuliy

bristle

To get mad, angry, ready to quarrel, to bristle. thung

brittle

Dried up and brittle. chagcheag

broken

Broken up into pieces; crumbled like a dirt clod. bangbaang

The stub of a branch left on a tree after a part of it has broken off. madang

Broken, snapped in two; all set. m'ing

Wrinkled, curly, wavy, all broken up. m'ingm'ing

All broken up, multiply blistered, as from sunburn. pilpil

broom

Broom; to sweep; to scratch the ground for food, as a chicken. walguw

broth

Fish broth gravy. waasag

brother

Half brother, half sister, of two people with the same father but different mothers. mitiiguruw

Older sibling, older brother, older sister. nganniiq

Siblings, brothers, sisters or brother and sister with the same mother. ngeayal

His younger brother. tethiin

Spinning top; my younger brother. toongig

Brother, sister, sibling, friend (only means "friends" when possessed). walaag

To take as brother, or sister; enter into sibling relationship. walaagey

To take as brother, or sister; enter into sibling relationship. walaagëy

Younger brother, younger sister, younger sibling. wayin

brother-in-law

His or her brother-in-law. waqayngin

brothers

To marry children of brothers, anyway people of one tabinaew. mayuw buqöy

Siblings, brothers, sisters or brother and sister with the same mother. ngeayal

Marriage of a man to two sisters; bigamy; two siblings with one common parent; half brothers, half sister. tuguruw

brought

Masculine name, the person who first brought Qanugumaang money to Yap. Qanugumaang

Cause of something, what brought something about. tapgin

brown

The eaves of a house roofed with palm leaves. Woven palm leaves for roofing, especially those leaves that have turned brown and fallen to the ground. bagbag

The color brown; food with little juice. but'buut'

Dirt, soil, earth, ground; dirty, the color brown. buut'

Brown cloth-like substance at base of coconut tree; coconut cloth. firigniiw

Brown albatross. gowaang

Type of brown ant. k'iith

Type of brown ant. k'ithk'iith

Reddish brown colored, of hair. malaalaay

Type of brown parrot fish. mälngoed

Brown. m'araeniiw

Light brown colored, light colored, white of skin. miräq

Light brown colored. mireq

Type of small brown ant. n'igin'

The color orange, deep orange, orange brown, reddish brown. qachrangreang

Type of brown lizard. qathalwoq

Type of brown lizard. qatilgog

The color orange, deep orange, orange brown, reddish brown. rangreang

Somewhat brown colored; dirty. sabut'buut'

bruise

Bruise; black and blue mark. beech

To bruise. beech naag

bruised

Somewhat bruised. sabeechbeech

brush

Brush. baraas

To brush. baraas naag

Bush, underbrush, brush, grass, weeds. paan

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bu

bubble

Bubble, as water. buubuw

bubbles

Bubbles, blisters. lublub

bucket

Bucket, pail. paakit

bud

Banana bud. ngol'og

Betel nut blossom bud sheath. qool

Coconut blossom bud; type of boat. quchif

Endmost leaf bud. tamael'ugun

bug

A kind of bug which sucks blood and usually lives in grass skirts. children's talk for genitals. bagow

Lightning bug, fire fly. goergoer

A "litter bug". ladoq

Germ, bug, insect. ngunnguun

build

To build something; to put something together; to assemble something. chaamëy

To build something; to put something together; to assemble something. chaamiy

To cut down, fell a tree; to build. dumow

To cut off branches of a tree, to build with it, or to prune. faabug

To cut off branches of a tree, to build with it, or to prune. faabuguy

To hit, chop, strike, beat; to build; to spank; to carve. toey

builder

Carpenter. builder; to work as a carpenter. daaykusaang

building

Type of tree whose wood is used for building; the flower is strung into garlands. biyquch

Covered, protruding entranceway to a building. geengkaang

House, building, shelter. naqun

Break into, like a building. sifithiy

Place in Doonguch where the Legislature building is. Tabalaaw

Step, grade, level, story or floor of a building. thael

built

To lie; to fool or trick someone; to deceive. techniques used in wrestling. scaffold. a temporary structure built to work on. baen

A little house built on the outrigger of large canoes. geamiim

bulb

Marbles, the game of marbles; light bulb. taamaa

bulldozer

The pig. A bulldozer. baabiy

Pig; bulldozer. paabuy

bump

To bump against lightly; graze. bit'

To repeatedly bump against, touch. bit'bit'

To bump against lightly; graze. but'

To fall down, bump against, hit against. pum

bumps

Itching, burning rash, localized with bumps. firaef

Goose bumps, pimples; porcupine fish. t'uuy

bun

Topknot, bun, of hair tied up on the top of the head. m'agoochug

Kind of game like capture the flag bun run around the port. qachuumaaree

bunch

Most mature bunch of coconuts. ngaqon

Bunch, of coconuts or betel nuts. nguun

Bunch, of oranges or other fruit. punug

Bunch from which coconut palm nuts grow; generation (of ages); four copra strung together for mitmiit. wanguuy

A bunch of corals used to house a yanup. yaay

bundle

Bundle of leaves; container for pepper leaves (gabuuy) - esp. the kind which is a single piece, folded and tied over the (gabuuy). chagar

The bundle of hibiscus fibers in a man's gaal' which hangs down from the tied top to the place where it loops between the legs. choelig

Bundle; bundle of turmeric money; bolt of cloth. mabuul

Bundle of thread, rope, string. muul

Bundle, sheaf. qalib

To bundle, make into a bundle, as gabuuy. qalibiy

Bundle, sheaf. qalif

Bundle. raach

Bundle of anything like long sticks, bamboo, etc. thum

Bundle, as of grass skirts. woeq

Bundle, as of a stage of a grass skirt. wuuq

Bundle. yuuq

buoy

Buoy. booy

buried

Ceremony after someone has been buried. yaqal

burn

To damp to burn. gaerfow

Too damp to burn. gärfow

Burnt, cooked on a fire; to burn, as land, in preparing for planting. moquruuf

A scar made by a burn. nuun'

To burn; to cook in fire. qörufeeg

To burn; to cook in fire. qurufeeg

To burn. quruuf

Stinging sensation, as a burn. thoeth

To burn. yik'

burning

Itching, burning rash, localized with bumps. firaef

Burning. gaak'

burnt

Skin peeling due to being burnt from the sun or the like. To peel off, as bark of a tree or paint. baap

Be burnt, of food, or of a pot from food in it. bulchagow

Burnt, cooked on a fire; to burn, as land, in preparing for planting. moquruuf

burp

To burp, belch. giloewöq

To burp, belch. lakar

To burp, belch. lakoq

To burp, as a baby. lakoq naag

To burp, belch. lokoq

To burp, belch. lokoq naag

To burp, belch. qalkar

burst

To burst out, of bursts of air, as when a puffer fish blows up. f'uuf'uw

To burst open, as a boil on the skin. pooq

Ready to burst open. poqpooq

bursts

To burst out, of bursts of air, as when a puffer fish blows up. f'uuf'uw

bury

To bury a new corpse inside the grave that's already been used to bury another corpse before. bigbigiy ea yaam'

To bury. k'eeyaag

To bury, cover with dirt. tharëy

burying

Lavalava or waistband made in Ulithi; worn by Yapese men as a waistband and by Outer Island women as a wrap-around skirt, and also used in the Outer Islands for burying the dead; woven from banana stem fiber, and also from cotton thread. The common kinds are black and white, but they are also made with various colors and patterns. baagiy

bus

A type of public transportation; bus washroom, shower room. baas

bush

Bush, forest. gargear

Forest, jungle, bush, wood, valley. lawaay

Bush, underbrush, brush, grass, weeds. paan

bushes

Woods, bushes. magargear

bushy

The "sporran" or bushy part hanging down in from kafor at the leebugean. yuun'ingin ea kafor

business

Nurse for new-born infant, or child, or someone whose business is peqetaliiw. yariif

busy

Busy, having obligations. magaawon

but

Then, and, but. ma

However, but. ma chanea

butterfly

Butterfly Evil; curse. buraeg

Type of butterfly fish. geap

Butterfly. saalbooy

Butterfly. taloolbëy

Butterfly. toloolbëy

buttocks

Botom of the buttocks. chigiyean

To slide past on buttocks not using feet or hands. gaethig

To slide past on buttocks not using feet or hands. gaethir

button

His navel, belly button. miit i thaan

His navel, belly button. thaan

Belly button. toethaan

buttucks

To move on the buttucks and hands. gaethir

buy

to buy, sell, trade, shop. chuwaay'

To purchase, buy something. chuwaqiy

buzz

Bee, wasp; to buzz, hum. nguul

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Yapese Dictionary, web edition
revision 1/6/2017
email: John Thayer Jensen (compiler) – Stephen Trussel (web production)