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K'abul

Tiilap's village located close to K'abul. Fatlunguun

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Kanifaay

Village in Kanifaay. Faraq

Village in Kanifaay. Gael'

Kanifay

Village in Kanifay Mal'aay

A village, the capital of Kanifay. N'eef

Village in Kanifay. Neel

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

Village in Kanifay. Taafniith

Kapingamarangi

An island in Ponape District, Kapingamarangi. Gapilmaraang

kapok

Kapok, a type of cottontree. baatee

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keel

Keel. kiil

keep

Keep something until it is needed. chaqar

To keep, save, treasure something. chaqariy

To stay up for a particular purpose; to keep a night vigil. qodabeag

To have machaaf and keep it. taliy

To push something away, to keep at arm's length. thuruy

keeping

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

keep's

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

Keng

A place between Keng and Nimar. Taburey

kerosene

Kerosene. kaarsiin

key

Key. kiy

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kick

To kick something or someone. baelig

To kick. faelig

To kick. faelig naag

To kick with the top of the foot or hand. garip

To push with the sole of the foot, not to kick, but to reject someone. ney

kid

Being a brat, as a kid. fadang

To kid around, fool around; playful. galaesuw

kidney

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

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

kids

Toys for small kids; play with toy. taatargeal

kill

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

killed

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

killing

The killing of a person or persons to pay for the death of a person or persons. been

kindle

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

kinds

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

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

In wrestling, to do various kinds of hip tosses, or trip someone by holding. piichar

king

King. kiing

King, authority. yalung

kinky

Kinky or curly hair. bunnuk

kins

His kins. guruwaan

kiss

To smell, sniff, kiss the hand (not with lips). faraay

To bite, kiss. k'aad

To bite, kiss. k'aed

Kiss. kiis

kite

Kite. kargoy

To wilt; dive down, of kite. maruy

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knead

To knead flour for making bread. paakin

knee

Knee. bug

knee-bends

To flex the knees and do knee-bends. meech

To flex the knees and do knee-bends. meechmeech

kneecap

Kneecap. maafaar

kneel

To kneel, as to pray. ragbug

To kneel, as to pray. reqbug

To kneel. rogbug

knees

To flex the knees and do knee-bends. meech

To flex the knees and do knee-bends. meechmeech

knife

Get hurt, as with a knife, or in an accident. feebithir

Get hurt, as with a knife, or in an accident. feefithir

To swing back and forth as a knife. furfuruy

To swing, as an axe, a knife, etc. furuy

Knife. gachiilyow

Pocket knife. giltoefich

Dull, of a knife. meqdigdig

Its sharpness, as of a knife; roughness of file. m'uliin

Its sharpness, as of a knife; roughness of file. mul'iin

Dull, as of a knife. muqdigdig

Dull, as knife or spear. muqgug

Dull, of a knife. poqgol

To rub or scrape coconut leaves with a knife. reey

To thrust in, as a knife. ruchuy

Long knife, machete. siipow

Long knife, machete. sipow

To lift something up like hand knife, to hang on a hook. tining

Knife; shell money. yaer

Cutting edge, as of a knife. yiig

knock

To hit repeatedly; to shake to knock things off. gädgaed

To knock down, topple over, as tree. thikiy

To whittle, to plane, to shave wood, to knock off chips as with an adze, to adze, to chip; to strike a match. thir

To whittle, to plane, to shave wood, to knock off chips as with an adze, to adze, to chip; to strike a match. thirif

To whittle, to plane, to shave wood, to knock off chips as with an adze, to adze, to chip; to strike a match. thirthir

Fallout, or knock in, of teeth. wardum

knot

To tighten, as a knot. cheecheqey

To tighten, as a knot. cheeqcheqiy

To tighten, as knot. chiichiqiy

Kind of knot. faar

Type of knot. k'aay

The knot of a kafor. leebugean

Loose, as a knot. loeloer

To slip off, as a knot. mathab

Knot in house. riich

knots

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

To tie knots in something; to do penance; to complete. leebuguy

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

know

To count; know how many of a thing there is. baap'

To make a sound so that people will know you have arrived. meer

To know. naang

known

An island in Palau, now known as Koror. Ragilitheew

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Kong

China; Hong Kong. Koengkoeng

Korean

Korea(n). Chiyoeseeng

Koror

An island in Palau, now known as Koror. Ragilitheew

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Kusaie

The island of Kusaie. K'ethiw

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