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each

Tangled, of string or rope; coiled around each other, coiled up. bachbach

To struggle over something, each trying to get it. luqag

To fight over something, each trying to get it. qachubutheeg

eager

Eager. p'aap'aaw

eagle

Type of bird, eagle. manuw

ear

My ear. liig

His ear lobe. taraan' i yil

His ear. teel

Pain in ear. wup

His ear. yil

earings

Earings. talbuch

early

Late afternoon, or early evening. ganaawurug

Early morning. kaakadbuul

Early dawn. kaakamadabiy

Early evening. kamnungeal'

Very early morning; dawn. madaadabiy

Very early morning, before dawn. madabiy

earn

To achieve, earn. thag naag

earth

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

World, earth, between heaven and hell. danoop

World, earth, globe. faayleng

earthenware

Pottery, earthenware, clay pots; jug. rumeaq

earthquake

To shiver, shake; earthquake. durruq

earthworm

Earthworm. qaloelaey

earwig

Type of insect, earwig. malqochif

Earwig. qatmanmaan

easily

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

Easily bent, as a young twig. garungrung

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

Easily awoke from sleep. qod qaraan

One who cries easily and often, cry-baby. taeluuraan

east

The first two days (or nights) after the full moon when moon is seen in the east right on the horizon. bachaaw

East; outer islands to the east. ngeak

East; outer islands to the east. ngeek

easy

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

Easy. mawum

Easy. moem

eat

Eat, chow. chaew

Eat; meal. damunmuun

To eat or chew tough meat. guchguchiy

To eat. gum

To eat. kaay

To eat raw, of fish; to eat meat. laang

To eat raw, of fish; to eat meat. languy

Ugly; feces (slang); to eat fish while fishing (slang). magöngaen

Ugly; feces (slang); to eat fish while fishing (slang). magungaen

To eat raw, of fish. malaang

Person who will eat anything. malunglaeng

To eat a meal. qabiich

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

To associate with in eating, eat together. tabwoq

To eat fish or meat along with food. th'aag

To chew, eat only meat. yeeng

To eat thum'aag only. yik naag

eaten

To choke on something eaten. l'ad

eathing

Eating taboo regarding men eathing with women and children; type of sickness. tungaaf

eating

To be promoted in eating rank. dawaach

To attain an eating rank; to fold, as paper. duguy

To look sickly from not eating for a long time. maar

Second eating rank. maathaqëg

Pain in teeth from eating acid or sweet food; sprained ankle. marchum

Gathering, group, assembly, collection; eating rank. mookun

Eating rank. moqoyaay

Slippery, dull; toothache from eating too much acidic food. m'urm'uur

Gathering, group, assembly, collection; eating rank. muukun

To wash hands, as after eating. riiq paaq

Highest eating rank. taalaang

To associate with in eating, eat together. tabwoq

Third eating rank. toeruw

Eating rank. toofaay

Eating taboo regarding men eathing with women and children; type of sickness. tungaaf

Eating rank. yangach

Eating rank. yeegum

Eating rank. yoogum

Eating rank. yoomëy

eating-rank

Eating-rank. yaagum

eatng

Sick from eatng too much of a certain food. salthag

eats

Type of land shell, that eats crops. kaataechumuurii

Cannibal, one who eats raw flesh. taa laang

Eauripik

The island of Eauripik; gaaw shell from that island. Yoerpig

eaves

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

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ec

echo

Echo. talmiitow

eclipse

Eclipse of the sun. gucheeng

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ed

edge

Edge. dabap'

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

Cutting edge, as of a knife. yiig

To sweep something aside, as with the edge of the hand. yoothor

To sweep something aside, as with the edge of the hand. yoothor naag

edges

Having many sharp edges or points. makänkaen

edible

Edible breadfruit seeds. bugil

Type of edible breadfruit. foonam

Type of edible ginger. kaerii

Type of edible breadfruit. maenyoer

Type of edible breadfruit with large seed. mudur

Type of edible breadfruit. peemthal

Type fo tree with edible fruit. qabiich

Type of tree with edible fruit. qabyuch

Type of tree with edible fruit; type of qabyuch. qamchuy

Edible stem of certain sweet taro. rafung

Type of tree (qabyuch) with edible fruit. wongmil

Type of coconut tree with edible husk. yalqath

Type of edible sea urchin. yooq

Kind of breadfruit with edible seeds. yungluw

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ee

eel

Type of eel, type of fish. f'aang

Type of eel with white stripes, type of fish. fiyaath

Type of fish, freshwater eel. gafiy

Salt water eel, type of fish. lawoth

Type of eel, myrichthys colubrinus "type of fish" liiliibooch

Salt water eel, type of fish. looth

Type of land crab; type of fresh water eel, type of fish; type of spirit. mangarngear

Type of moray eel, type of fish. manuun'

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ef

effect

To feel the effect of. naanaang

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

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

Its effect, strength, effectiveness. qangin

effective

Effective, powerful, of medicine. mangiing'

effectiveness

Its effect, strength, effectiveness. qangin

effects

Consequence, after, side effects of human action. weenagan

effort

With great energy and effort, of work. tunoewey

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eg

egg

His son, daughter, child, offspring; egg. faak

Fly's egg; nit. fael'

Type of yellowish taro; egg yolk. laek'

Young coconut meat; to be pale; to turn pale, as lips when cold. Also for egg white. manaaw

Egg. taamaangoo

Louse egg, nit. thiil

eggplant

Eggplant. naes

eggs

Hen eggs. faak ea nimeen

Eggs, of crab. qeryaq

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ei

eight

Eight. meeruuk

Eight, child talk. teem

Baby talk for eight. waak

either

A name, either masculine or feminine. Feal'

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ej

ejaculate

Semen, sperm; to ejaculate. f'uud

Semen, sperm; to ejaculate. f'uuth

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el

elaborate

To elaborate on something. dinaey naag

Elato

The island of Elato. Yalaath

elbow

His elbow. buguun i paaq

electricity

Electricity; flashlight; x-ray. deengkii

Battery; electricity; magnetism. gaamiig

element

Lead, the element. galwuthwuth

elephantasis

Elephantasis of arms or legs. saesyow

elephantiasis

A disease, elephantiasis of the scrotum. luulmaaw

Elephantiasis of stomach, scrotum, arm, etc. siimaaw

elevated

To put up an elevated floor, as in a house. farafeag

To put up an elevated floor, as in a house. farafeeg

A group of elevated corals in a deep place. toer

elevating

Hoisting, lifting, or elevating. machbiibiy

elevation

Low, of rank, class, elevation. soobuut'

else

To make something stick fast to something else; to make drunk. ching naag

To stick something into something else. rëg

else's

Kind of tribute paid on third fishing expedition in someone else's water. Return which one has a right to expect from one's children. maar

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em

embarkment

Bank, embarkment, small cliff or slope. reech

embarrassed

Ashamed, embarrassed, shy. taamaraq

embedded

Stuck, embedded. miit

Stuck, embedded. mitmiit

embellish

To embellish a story, pretend, exaggerate. töng

To embellish a story, pretend, exaggerate. tung

embers

Its coals, embers, of a fire. qachaffin

Its coals, embers, of a fire. qachiffin

embrace

To embrace. koelkoel

To encircle, embrace, surround. longob

To encircle, embrace, surround. longobiy

To embrace. qog nga l'ugun

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

embracing

To climp a tree by embracing it. palaethir

embryo

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

empty

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

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en

enchant

To put a spell on, or to curse. To enchant, put a spell on. matookaan

encircle

To surround, encircle. liyeeg

To encircle, embrace, surround. longob

To encircle, embrace, surround. longobiy

encircling

To fish by encircling a school of fish with a net; a large school of sharks. yaraaw

end

Crowbar. A piece of steel or iron with a hook in one end and a forked spade tip to pull nails with, and a flattened other end for prying. baeruu

To complete, as work; to endure to the end. lub

To complete; to ripen fruit; to endure to the end. lubeeg

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

To conclude or end. moes

Tip, point, end, as of a river, a stick; peak of a mountain. p'eebugul

End of breastbone about the solar plexus. p'eebuw

Its front end. p'eemiit

Its beginning, end. taban

Its beginning, end. tabanggin

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

Its tip, small end. tunguun

endearment

Dear, term of endearment used to a little girl. gör

To marry; dear, term of endearment used to a little girl. leaq

Dear, the term of endearment used to a little girl. toet

ended

To be finished, ended, done, all gone. mus

endmost

Endmost leaf bud. tamael'ugun

ends

Type of baskets with closed ends. cheal

Type of basket with open ends. fanoel'

Type of basket with open ends. fanwul'

To stack something with ends matched up. gaed

Neat, stacked evenly, as with ends lined up. qubing

To stack neatly or evenly, as with ends lined up. qubung

To stack neatly or evenly, as with ends lined up. qubunguy

endure

To complete, as work; to endure to the end. lub

To complete; to ripen fruit; to endure to the end. lubeeg

enemy

Land marker; enemy; violation of law. tathiil

Hostile, as an enemy, inimical. toqgor

energy

With great energy and effort, of work. tunoewey

engage

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

To loathe something; to be obscene, engage in sexual impurity. galong

To engage in sexual intercourse, to copulate. maay'

Engage in secret politics, or not only politics. makaath

To engage in secret politics, or only politics. makaath naag

To engage in sexual intercourse, to copulate. meay'

To engage in sexual play. qudqud

engine

To turn something around; spin or rotate something; to start an engine car, etc. cheeleeg

Engine, machine, motor. masiin

England

England. Ngaliis

England. Ngiliis

English

America; the English language; type of banana. Mariikeen

engrossed

Engrossed. ngat

enliven

To enliven, make alive; to raise crops; to resurrect. faseag

enough

Good enough; all right. bung

Enough. gaak

Enough. gamën

Enough to go around. k'af

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

Enough, satisfied. sow

Be enough or satisfying. wölgaq

Be enough, be satisfying. wulgoq

Enough; possible. yog

To make enough, to suffice. yog naag

ensnare

To trap or ensnare; to jail. tafichiy

entangle

To entangle, to tangle, to coil loosely; to get someone involved in something. l'oobochiy

To entangle, to tangle, to coil loosely; to make a mistake, to confuse. l'ool'oobochiy

To be wrong about, to mistake, to tangle, entangle. qaloobochiy

entangled

Tangled, entangled, coiled loosely; to make a mistake, to confuse. l'ooboch

Tangled, entangled, coiled loosely; to make a mistake, to get confused. l'ool'ooboch

entanglement

To err, be wrong, sin, be mistaken, get tangled up or confused; error, crime, sin, mistake, tangle, entanglement, confusion. qalooboch

enter

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

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

entertainment

Story meant for entertainment, legend. yaat

entire

Entire, whole, complete. paloq

Entire, whole, complete. puloeq

Entire, whole, complete. puloew'

entrance

Reef pass, reef entrance, channel. dubchol

Gate, entrance to house. gaaroog

Gatjug entrance, a passage in the western reef of Yap. Gachuug

Fish trap entrance. maay

Fish trap entrance. meay

Harbor entrance at Okau. Niimpal

Channel entrance at Qatliiw village. P'earmach

Tamil harbor, the main entrance to Colonia. Waneadaay

Shallow reef at mouth of entrance. wur

entranceway

Covered, protruding entranceway to a building. geengkaang

entrust

To entrust someone with something. taay chiyalean

enumerate

To read something written. To list or enumerate. baqëg

envelope

Paper bag; envelope. biriif

envious

Envious, resentful, jealous. buuch-aen'

Envious, resentful, jealous. qaaw-aen'

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ep

epilepsy

Epilepsy. maaryaar

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eq

equal

A unit of measure equal to three fingers. gaam

equals

Unit of measurement equals to six feet. keeng

equate

To equate. taqareeb naag

equipment

Type of fishing equipment. ruwol

Its preparation, equipment, provision, money, tools, requirements. taliin

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er

eradicated

Extinguished, snuffed out, as a fire; erased, wiped out, rubbed out, eradicated. maath

erase

To extinguish, put out, erase, cancel, wipe out, rub out, obliterate. thaeng

To extinguich, put out, erase, cancel, wipe out, rub out, obliterate. thängthaeng

erased

Extinguished, snuffed out, as a fire; erased, wiped out, rubbed out, eradicated. maath

erect

To erect, as a pole. n'ufeeg

To erect, as a pole. n'uuf

Standing, erect. saak'iy

Standing erect. suusuwon

To sit up, be erect, be in authority. suwon

To sit up, be erect. suwon naag

To sit up, to erect. suwoneag

To be erect. tuuq

To erect something. yabagbag

To erect, as a pole. yabagbagiy

err

To err, be wrong, sin, be mistaken, get tangled up or confused; error, crime, sin, mistake, tangle, entanglement, confusion. qalooboch

errand

To send someone on an errand, or with a message. l'oeg

errands

Errands. maal'oog

error

To err, be wrong, sin, be mistaken, get tangled up or confused; error, crime, sin, mistake, tangle, entanglement, confusion. qalooboch

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es

escape

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

esp

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

Misbehaving, esp. noisily. galyangar

Dead tree (esp. coconut tree) which is still standing. geath

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

especially

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

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

To be repulsed by food due to satiation, especially pig fat, then not necessarily due to satiation. därdaer

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

Worm, especially those that are parasitic to humans or other animals. faakl'uud

Shy, said of people who are shy to take part in a dance, especially. gan'ing

To suddenly pass through, especially said of speech. garal

To purse, of anus after defecating, especially of chicken. gumgum

Needle, especially phonographic. haerii

Everyday grass skirt or one used especially for going to the taro patch. mangael'

To cause something to disappear. (slang: to disappear especially when work is to be done). peeleeg

Its sepal, of a flower or fruit, especially of buw. p'oechngin

Sepal of flower or fruit, especially of buw. pöqöchngin

Fish weir made of stone; council, especially for war. qëch

Multicolored, especially black and white. wupunuun'

essence

The essence of a thing. raarogon

establish

To support, establish, fix, determine, set, steady, make firm, make certain, ascertain, make definite. duugiliy

established

Supported, leaned on; certain, established. fixed; determined, ascertained, set, steady, firm, definite; stand, as opposed to sitting; to stop moving, as a car. duugil

To be established. m'aag

Firm, set, established; stopped, of motion, as of a car. maduugil

estate

Family, home, estate. tabinaew

estimate

To think about, estimate. goonopiy

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eu

euphemism

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

european

European, white man. ngabchëy

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ev

eve

Last night, eve of today. foowngaen

even

Even pair or pairs. paapaluw

evening

The morning star, the evening star; Venus. Fasiiraen

The morning star, the evening star; Venus. Fisiiraen

Late afternoon, or early evening. ganaawurug

Early evening. kamnungeal'

Evening, roughly 9 p.m. maathoolgirdiiq

Time, about 7 p.m., evening. munngeal'

evenly

Neat, stacked evenly, as with ends lined up. qubing

To stack neatly or evenly, as with ends lined up. qubung

To stack neatly or evenly, as with ends lined up. qubunguy

events

Parable; story or history about past events told to illustrate a moral or spiritual truth truism. chep

To happen simultaneuously, of two events. foeruw

everlasting

Imperishable food, everlasting food, magical food given by Yalfath which never runs out. ngirngir

every

All, every. gubiin

Quantity of, amount of, all of, as much of, every, everyone, everybody. qurngin

To stop every now and then. sataltal

everybody

Quantity of, amount of, all of, as much of, every, everyone, everybody. qurngin

everyday

Everyday grass skirt or one used especially for going to the taro patch. mangael'

everyone

Quantity of, amount of, all of, as much of, every, everyone, everybody. qurngin

everything

At its best in everything. fagmos

All, everything. qörngin

Evil

Butterfly Evil; curse. buraeg

Demon, evil spirit. kaan

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

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ex

exaggerate

To embellish a story, pretend, exaggerate. töng

To embellish a story, pretend, exaggerate. tung

exalted

Noble, holy in sense of pure; exalted. quruun

examination

Test, examination. sikeeng

example

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

except

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

To exist; to be in a place (except in present tense). moey

exchange

To exchange tricks. thiil baen

To exchange, switch, change. thiliyeeg

To compose songs; exchange lies; to give a name to something. tunguy

excited

To rush or roam about in an excited state. burburteal

Rush about in an excited state. burburtël

To rush around in an excited state. burteal

Rush around in an excited state. burtël

excitement

A person who itches for excitement. garik

Person who itches for excitement. laqiy

exclamation

Exclamation of surprise or fear. qiiw

excluding

Northern Yap excluding Yap island proper, the district including Gagil, Tamil, Map', and Rumung. Marfach

exclusive

We (two, exclusive). gamow

I, we (exclusive). gu

excuse

An excuse; looking for an excuse. taatawëy

An excuse; to pretend. tawëy

excuse-me

To humble oneself; excuse-me, pardon me. siroeq

To humble oneself; excuse-me, pardon me. siroew'

exhibiting

To raise something to a standing position for the purpose of exhibiting it, that is, so others can see it. t'og

exist

There is; there exists; to be or exist in a place; to be located; to have something. baay

To exist; to be in a place (except in present tense). moey

existing

To hurt, as an existing wound. moqubich

exists

There is; there exists; to be or exist in a place; to be located; to have something. baay

exoskeletal

To molt, of crab and other exoskeletal crusteceans. gamuw

exoskeletons

Exoskeletons. yilaeruq

expect

Kind of tribute paid on third fishing expedition in someone else's water. Return which one has a right to expect from one's children. maar

expectation

To invite people to a meal with the expectation of them helping you with something later. sunöm

expedition

Kind of tribute paid on third fishing expedition in someone else's water. Return which one has a right to expect from one's children. maar

expert

Skillful at something; be popularly acclaimed as an expert in something; rich. cheag

Infused with whether, gas by something, or water, cloth, etc.; to be an expert in something. nad

Craftsman, skillful, expert. saalap

An expert. taanteey

Magician, expert. tamaarong

explain

To explain; to get permission. pithig faan

To explain, to relate, tell a story; to follow a road. weeliy

explosion

To make an explosion; to make an explosive crackling sound, to sound. chub

explosive

To make an explosive, crackling sound. chöb

To make an explosion; to make an explosive crackling sound, to sound. chub

To make an explosive, crackling sound. chubchub

Dynamite; explosive; bomb. doonmaech

expresses

Last words of a dying relative, in which he expresses his will for you; to speak with such. tathuum'

expression

When used in the expression nga buut', down, downward. buut'

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

Expression of respect used by low caste people. nen

Used only in expression feek yaath. yaath

exterminate

To exterminate, as a people. thaeng miit

extinguich

To extinguich, put out, erase, cancel, wipe out, rub out, obliterate. thängthaeng

extinguish

To extinguish, put out, erase, cancel, wipe out, rub out, obliterate. thaeng

extinguished

Extinguished, snuffed out, as a fire; erased, wiped out, rubbed out, eradicated. maath

extra

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

extremely

Extremely generous, kind, gracious, polite. gaagool

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eye

His eye. laen miit

Eye, front, point. miit

Pupil of eye. tiir

eyebrows

His eyebrows. wuthuungin

eyelashes

Eyelashes. matharngean qawochean

eyes

Tears, as in eyes. luuq

To close one's eyes; (slang for laying a lady). muloeg

To close, as the eyes. qubung

To close, as the eyes. qubunguy

To blink the eyes. taläblaeb

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