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ice

Ice. qayis

icon

Holy pictures, icon. foon

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ideas

Name of one of the two women from Sipin who came to Yap and introduced new ideas. Beqemgoeg

identify

To recognize, identify, read; omen, clue. pow

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ignite

To light a fire by friction, ignite a fire by friction. fil

To touch; to hit gently, hit, ignite fire. gaed

To ignite, kindle, light a fire. k'eeg

To ignite, kindle, light a fire. qaab

To ignite, kindle, light a fire. qaaf

To ignite, kindle, light a fire. qabuweeg

To ignite, kindle, light a fire. qafuweeg

ignore

To skip, leave out, ignore. siy

To skip, leave out, ignore. siyeeg

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ill

Sick, ill. liiliy

Sick, ill. m'aar

illicit

Illicit love. laen ea labuch

illustrate

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

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image

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

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

Image, ghost, spirit. yaqäl

Picture of, form of, apppearance of, image of, soul of, spirit of. yaqan

imbecile

Moron, imbecile, mental deficient. liith

imitate

To imitate. filtharaan

To imitate; to be a copycat. maqafthael

To imitate; to be a copycat. maqafthäl

To imitate. qaaf thiliin

immature

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

immoveable

To slide downhill (of something which is normally immoveable, like a house). kiireq

impatient

Impatient. laal-aen'

imperishable

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

impertinent

Old; impertinent in speech. tanqag

implied

To imply or the thing implied. faanaethiin

imply

To imply or to mean although not outright. faan naag

To imply or the thing implied. faanaethiin

implying

To drift, of the mind, implying one keep's thinking of a loved one. nifeeng-aen'

important

A god, the most important spirit. Ruwaqthoel

impregnate

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

improve

Improve, increase. moon'og

impudent

Playful, not serious, impudent, naughty. waeleew

Playful, not serious, impudent, naughty. waelöw

impurity

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

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inaccurate

Inaccurate, of aiming. chalaf

inadequately

Underdone, inadequately cooked, half raw. maraarak

To undercook, to cook inadequately. maraarak naag

inattentive

Inattentive. seath

inceptive

Inceptive. nga

incest

Incest. k'uw

inch

Type of small shell which lives in the mangrove or amongst the rocks, about an inch long and dark in color; adze. A type of hand-ax that looks much like a hoe, but smaller. children's talk for male genitals. bachngul

Inch. qiinich

including

Northern Yap island proper, the district including north Ruul, Weloy, Fanif, and Dalipebinaew. Marbaaq

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

Fish, including e.g. turtles, whales, porpoises. niig

The south of Yap, the district including Kanifay, Gilman', and south Ruul. Nimgil

Bird (including bats). qarcheaq

inclusive

We (inclusive). da

We (plural, inclusive). gadaed

We (two, inclusive). gadow

We (plural, inclusive). gamaed

increase

Improve, increase. moon'og

To increase, as in weather. qichngiy

indefinite

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

indentations

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

Indian

An Indian giver. suul f'ooth

An Indian giver. suulsuul f'ooth

indicator

Wind direction indicator. ngiith

individual

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

inexperienced

Inexperienced (at fishing). maayuul

Inexperienced (at fishing). maen qarow

Inexperienced (at love). maeruut

infant

A woman who died when her child is still an infant. goothoraan

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

infected

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

infection

Something which causes an infection. chael

influence

His magical influence or actions. machaan

informant

Type of yaer given for some special purpose (unknown to the informant at time. possibly yaer (shell money) given to tamaarong at time of bälbäl when a woman is pregnant to produce a male child). yaer ni tiir

information

An authoritative word, official order from a chief to publish certain information. thiinog

infused

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

inhale

To suck by inhaling, inhale. filfil

inhaling

To suck by inhaling. fil

To suck by inhaling, inhale. filfil

inimical

Hostile, as an enemy, inimical. toqgor

initiate

To initiate, start. qoeb

To initiate, start. qoebeeg

To create, initiate, begin, start. sunumeeg

To create, initiate, begin, start. sunumiy

injection

Shot, injection, hypodermic needle. chiyuusaa

Shot, injection, hypodermic needle. chuusaa

Shot, injection, hypodermic needle. chuuysaa

injure

To fall accidentally; to have an accident; to injure oneself accidentally. doel'

insect

Type of parasite, insect; tick. garuuch

Fly (insect). laal

Gnat, type of insect. ligliig

Type of insect, earwig. malqochif

Type of insect. molquchif

Germ, bug, insect. ngunnguun

insects

Flying insects chaachangëg

insert

To put between, to insert. richeeg

To put between, to insert. richuy

inside

Pith inside of a tree. lymph glands. bal'iyean

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

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

Inside out. fadëyuruq

Inside, in the heart of, in the midst of. fadik'

Inside, in the heart of, in the midst of. fithik'

Inside out, as clothes worn. haantaay

The inside of. laalayean

Inside of. laammun

Inside of. laan

Inside of. laanggin

Inside of. laen

Meat inside clam, shellfish, etc. leemngun

Pit, stone, core of fruit, the thing inside shells. liimun

Deep hole inside of reef. maak'eef

Sticky, soft of inside, of food. maloogguy

To slosh, of coconuts with water inside. mangaang'

Inside of net, in the middle where the fish gather. quboch

Betel nut that is full inside. rutrut

Back corner of inside of jaw. tamaleqgur

Inside of his crotch. tangaangaan

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

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

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

Its core, its inside. wwon

instance

Time thing is done, instance. yaay

instant

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

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

instruct

To instruct somebody about the tabinaew. yiqiy

To instruct somebody about the tabinaew. yiqiy naag

instructions

To give instructions or directions; to agree; to date someone; to meet by appointment. madil naag

instrument

To cause to sound; to strike to make sound; to play, as a musical instrument. chubeeg

Tattooing instrument. galis

Pen (writing instrument). peen

insult

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

An insult. ganoom'

An insult. kurun-oom'

To insult. qarëy

Mother, said as an insult. wum'

To curse, swear, insult. yaabaq

To curse, swear, insult. yaabaqiy

intelligent

Smart, intelligent. lalow-aen'

Smart, intelligent, quick to learn. liichow

intercourse

To engage in sexual intercourse, to copulate. maay'

To engage in sexual intercourse, to copulate. meay'

To have sexual intercourse. puun

To have sexual intercourse. puunpuun

To have sexual intercourse. puuspuus

To have sexual intercourse with. qid

To have sexual intercourse with. qiid

interfere

To interrupt, interfere. taftiy

interject

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

interogative

Or; interogative particle in tag questions. fa

interpreter

Palmist; interpreter of "fortune" lines on palm of hand. tamanwool

interrogative

To do what?; to happen (interrogative) to do, happen (interrogative). deq

To do, happen (interrogative). diq

To do, happen (interrogative). diqin

To do, happen (interrogative). diqiy

interrupt

To surprise or startle someone; to upset a process, to interrupt it. ginaeng

To interrupt, interfere. taftiy

intersect

To meet, intersect. gaak

intervals

To take or give one at intervals. mathaatheag

intestine

Stomach or intestine. cheew

Intestine. gil'iiggaan

intestines

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

intilligent

Smart, intilligent. llow-aen'

into

To roll into a cigarette, or to make it look like a cigarette. baayiliy

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

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

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

To cut a piece of wood so that another piece will fit nicely into it. boeboey

Tobacco sliced Ulithian style; to slice into pieces. chiliilig

To slice into thin pieces. chiliilig naag

To be drunk; to nod the head as if sleepy; to stick fast into something, like wood, mud, etc. ching

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

To pound food to make it into a baal with grated copra. choelgoey naag

To leave, go out from, divorce, remove out of get out of (when used with u or roo); go into, as a house (with nga). chuw

Channel, opening into deeper sea, smaller than dubchol. labag

Channel, opening into deeper sea, smaller than dubchol. labog

To become, to come into position. maang

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

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

To stick a stick into the ground. raeg

To stick a stick into the ground repeatedly. rag

To stick a stick into the ground repeatedly. rägraeg

To stick a stick into the ground. reeg

To stick something into something else. rëg

To stick a stick into the ground repeatedly. regreeg

To break into small pieces, to crumble. sabangbangeag

The breaking into a house. safath

To break into a house. safathiy

To split into many pieces. seesey

Break into, like a building. sifithiy

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

To be able to fit into. taaw

Piece of land which juts into water. taban ea m'uuth

To bite into. tagpal

Forceful (of people); to force into doing. tawaasariy

To fall into accidentally, slip into. thar

To fall into accidentally, slip into. thear

To stuff into, as into a crack. thurpiy

Raise a ruckus in the water to chase fish into a net; type of fishing. tuultuul

To soak or seep into. waenum

To soak or seep into. waenumiy

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

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

To fit into, underneath. ying

introduced

Name of one of the two women from Sipin who came to Yap and introduced new ideas. Beqemgoeg

intuition

Conscience, intuition. naang-aen'

inventor

Name of a legendary character or god, the inventor of painting. Gildubuung

investigate

To bone, as a fish; to investigate. firfirtiy

To ask questions, questioning someone, investigate. fithfiith

To investigate, observe, check. leekaag

investigating

Curved stick or probe for investigating holes. thaloom

invitation

Formal invitation to a feast. diibach

Invitation to a feast in prepayment for help in working. gummiit

Invitation to do a repeat performance of a dance. moowoch

invite

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

involved

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

To fish with hook and line; to hook; to get involved. l'ëg

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

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iron

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

Wrought iron. sawon

Wavy, like an iron roof. tan'eewn'eew

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

Steel, iron. waasëy

ironic

Ironic, sarcastic, mean. moening

irrelevent

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

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Island

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

Name of an island off Meqeruur. Biy

Island. doonguch

Piece of land in the midst of the mangroves or with mangroves on it; mangrove island. dooq

Island in Ulithi. Fayis

An island in Ponape District, Kapingamarangi. Gapilmaraang

Rock island off Gilmaan'. Garim

The main island of Palau. Gooryoor

The island of Tobi. Gothgobëy

The island of Guam. Guwaam

The island of Kusaie. K'ethiw

Name of a district or municipality of Yap; the island north of Yap Island proper. Maap'

Northern Yap island proper, the district including north Ruul, Weloy, Fanif, and Dalipebinaew. Marbaaq

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

An island in Ulithi. Mogmog

The island of Lamotrek. Namchig

Small mangrove or taro patch island. nguch

Island of Ngulu. Nguluw

The island of Nukuoro. Nuguwor

An island off of Tablaaw. Nungoech

Small island in Tamil harbor. Paakeal

An island in Palau, Peleliu. Piliilyow

Ponape island. Poenpey

The island of Woleai. Qanngaay

An island in Palau, now known as Koror. Ragilitheew

Name of a district of municipality of Yap, the island north of Maap'. Rumung

The island of Saipan. Saaypaan

The island Jaluit in the Marshalls. Seeluus

An island in stories said to have sunk near Rumung. Siipin

Sonsorol island. Songchol

An island in Yap, O'keefe's island. Taraang

The island of Yap. Waqab

The island of Fais. Weeyeey

The island of Ulithi. Wugöy

The island of Ulithi. Wulthiy

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

The island of Elato. Yalaath

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

Ulithi island. Yulthiy

islander

Outer islander, Ulithian, sea people. pumathaaw

Islands

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

Second trip to Yap from the Outer Islands. goonafang

The Marshall Islands. Maarsal

The Mariana Islands, Chamorro. Miryaanaas

Type of tree found in outer islands. mow

East; outer islands to the east. ngeak

East; outer islands to the east. ngeek

The first trip that came to Yap from the Outer Islands. thang

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itch

To itch, be hot, like peeper; be daring, audacious. mak'adk'aad

itches

A person who itches for excitement. garik

Person who itches for excitement. laqiy

Fungus disease, cold water itches. quraey

itchiness

Type of plant which causes itchiness when touched. thuuq

itching

Itching, burning rash, localized with bumps. firaef

it's

Pale color of lips when it's cold. debuqöy

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

itself

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

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ivory

Necklace money made from shell or whale tooth ivory. gaaw

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