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lack

To wilt, as the leaves of a tree due to lack of water. batbat

Leaves that are green due to lack of sunshine. qamireq

ladder

Step; ladder. taawoq

ladle

To get water in, as a canoe; to scoop, dip, ladle. l'iing

lady

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

A young lady who menstruate for the first time. nut

lagoon

Lagoon, shoreline. nguuy

lake

Lake, pond, pool. lipath

Lake, pond, pool. lupath

Lamotrek

The island of Lamotrek. Namchig

lamp

Lamp, torch; torch fishing; to fish by torch. magael

land

War spear; pointed piece of land in taro patch. dilaek

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

To measure the length, measure land, survey. fil

To measure something, survey something, as land. foeleeg

To measure, survey, as land; tools for surveying; ruler. fool

Land crab. galip

This piece, as of land. gi ney

Classifier for pieces of land. gileerach

Land spirit. giniiniy

Type of land shell, that eats crops. kaataechumuurii

Type of dry land taro. laqiy

Type of dry land taro. laqiy ni Waqab

A land spirit. maeriilaeng

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

Classifier for large pieces of land. meeriyer

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

Sharp, pointed; a peninsula or point of land. m'uuth

Land, country, nation. naam

Land, as opposed to sea, landward, country, as opposed to in the village. qarow

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

Land marker; enemy; violation of law. tathiil

Trap dug in ground for land crab. wöl

Share of something that you get by virtue of owning something like land, fishing grounds, etc.; or by virtue of your position from the land. wolbuw

Trap dug in ground for land crabs. wool

Piece; classifier for flat things, sheets, paper, land, stone money, etc. yaang

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

land-enclosed

Land-enclosed villages. marmaal

landing

A landing net. cheew

land-oriented

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

lands

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

landward

Land, as opposed to sea, landward, country, as opposed to in the village. qarow

language

To speak a foreign language. gaes

The Latin language. Laetiin

Transportation, means of getting somewhere; translation, of language; mediator, Jesus; way. maqab

Transportation, means of getting somewhere; translation, of language; mediator, Jesus; way. maqaf

America; the English language; type of banana. Mariikeen

Obscene, dirty language. puwalaag

Language, speech, conversation, word; (when possessed), things him, his story. thiin

languages

Tempura; song in different languages. teempraa

Song in different languages mixed together. teempraa quutaa

lapping

To drink something by lapping. waet'um

large

Large ship, of foreign make. baarkoow

Type of large tree fern; cycas circinnalis. fal'tiir

To drink something in large gulps. foenp'iy

Huge, gigantic., big, large. gaagang'

Big, large. gaaq

Type of large parrot fish. gamaygul

Huge, big, large. gang'

Type of large, black ant. gan'ing

Big, large. gaqgaaq

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

Type of fish, large grouper. k'uw

Type of fish, large barracuda. maal'

Classifier for large pieces of land. meeriyer

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

Monsterously large fish. moosoos

Type of edible breadfruit with large seed. mudur

Type of fish, large skip jack. m'uul

Type of fish, large trigger fish; shameless person. nguuf

Coconut with a large sprout, sprouted coconut. qurbach

Large wash tub. taaraay

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

Type of shell, large cowry. wul

Large bamboo raft for heavy load. wupqeb

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

larger

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

largest

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

larvea

Mosquito larvea. gamel'

larynx

Trachea; larynx; craw of birds. chorqol

lascivious

Lascivious. sikeebee

last

The last part of a sitting which is performed standing up. bil malaal

Last night, eve of today. foowngaen

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

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

Last, behind. toomur

Behind, back, last. wuryal

The last part of a sitting dance which is performed standing. yapil

latch

Door latch. maen'

Latch, as of a door. mit'aan ea maab

Door latch. ngabchëy

late

Late afternoon from about noon to midnight. baleayaal'

Springtime, approximately late March. dawëy

Late afternoon, or early evening. ganaawurug

later

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

Later, soon. taqaboech

Latin

The Latin language. Laetiin

laugh

To laugh, to smile. minmin

To laugh loudly, guffaw. wagaqgaq

laughable

Funny, laughable. mak'aak'aer

laughter

To roar in laughter. garus

launch

Sea, ocean, salt water; mermaid, sea nymph; to launch a canoe for the first time, to use a net or raft in the water for the first time. madaay

laundry

Laundry; to do laundry. seentaak

Laundry soap. seentaakseekkeen

lavalava

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

Lavalava, wrap around clothing. laablaab

law

Case (at law). kees

Law, rule, commandment, regulation. matoochiyal

Land marker; enemy; violation of law. tathiil

law-abiding

Meek, gentle, law-abiding, obedient. moeding

lawn

Lawn grass. k'aer

lay

To lay out the ground for a house foundation. jimeeng

To lay out the ground for a house foundation. simeeng

layer

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

layers

Cloud (layers) in heaven. giyow

laying

To lift up, something laying down. bigbigiy

To stand something up that was laying down. To open up a crab of any kind. bigbigiy

Grass skirt; dried leaves laying on the ground. daf'oog

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

lazy

Lazy or sloppy person. gamead

River, stream, creek; to leak, drip, flow, run (of water); to slip down, slide down, fall down; to play hooky, be lazy. luul'

Lazy. malmaal

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lead

Lead, the metal. galwuth

Lead, the element. galwuthwuth

leader

Swivel used to connect leader to fishline and to fishhook. saeruukaang

leaf

A type of magic which uses coconut leaf for divination. bëy

Coconut leaf which is not yet open. buuth

Coconut leaf used for divination; to divine using a folded coconut leaf. chiib

Basket, only used for coconut leaf ones. duug

Pin wheel made from coconut leaf. faak ea nifeeng

Type of dancing skirt made from young coconut leaf. fiis

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

Green betel nut leaf. gilebwoq

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

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

Green betel nut leaf. leebuwoq

Coconut leaf necklace. lubuw

Dried, withered leaf. maroorëy

Leaf, fruit, etc, which grows doule or connected together. mithyëch

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

Coconut leaf base. paalëy

Coconut leaf leg ornament. paelug

To pick, pluck off, as a leaf; to adopt a child. poef

A pinwheel made from coconut leaf. qatfiifiy

Centipede; type of coconut leaf headband. qawol

Coconut leaf midrib. qawur

Taro leaf plate, taro leaf food wrapper. qiim

Taro leaf stem; new leaves of banana tree. qochqoch

Coconut leaf midrib. qoer

Strip of coconut leaf for tying. quloech

Young coconut leaf. qurwoch

Dried coconut leaf; torch. quul

Pepper leaf flowers. soer

Its base, as of a coconut leaf. tabuulean

Endmost leaf bud. tamael'ugun

Type of coconut leaf mat. tapgow

Coconut leaf hat. tugutleeb

Betel nut leaf base sheath. wathir

Coconut leaf; its leaf (when possessed). yuw

leafy

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

leak

River, stream, creek; to leak, drip, flow, run (of water); to slip down, slide down, fall down; to play hooky, be lazy. luul'

To leak, drip, flow, run (as water) continuously; to slip down. luul'luul'

To cause to leak. luuluweeg

To cause to leak. luul'uweeg

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

leaky

To patch, as a leaky roof. thoefeeg

To patch, as a leaky roof. thuufeeg

lean

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

To lean against. gireey'

To lean against. gireq

To lean against something. gireqeg

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

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

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 topple, fall over, lean; to arm wrestle. thig

leaned

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

lean-to

A temporary shelter with one side roof made of coconut leaves, lean-to. peeyuw

Lean-to roof. sipal

Lean-to roof. supal

leap

Leap year (or perhaps a set of leap year terminating in a leap year). yaanaeduw

learn

To learn, study, teach. fil

To study, learn. fool

Smart, intelligent, quick to learn. liichow

To be aware of, learn unexpectedly; to realize. naaqab

To be aware of, to learn unexpectedly; to realize. naqab

learns

Be one who learns from mistakes. low

leave

Suddenly to get up and go, as if one had just remembered something one had to do; to leave in a hurry; to ^split^; to thrash like a wild animal. chigar

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

To leave something, to go, quit. digey

Leave (as from Army). liib

To leave, let, let alone, let go, permit, allow, drop, throw, loose, release; to show, of a movie. paag

To start, to leave. poes

To skip, leave out, ignore. siy

To skip, leave out, ignore. siyeeg

leaves

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

Type of tree with the youngest leaves white and the rest green. baech

A woven mat of pandanus leaves for sleeping on. baer

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 wilt, as the leaves of a tree due to lack of water. batbat

Type of tree with the youngest leaves white and the rest green. beach

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

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

Old banana leaves; old grass skirts booch

Old banana leaves; old grass skirts. bowoch

Dry banana leaves cut for grass skirts. chabcheb

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

Comb-like tool for shredding leaves for grass skirts; shredder fir this purpose. daaw'

To shred leaves for grass skirt. daawqiy

Grass skirt; dried leaves laying on the ground. daf'oog

To remove the lid and covering leaves from a pot; to uncover a pot. firik

Classifier for leaves, hair, water, etc. gaaf

Type of tree with small compound leaves. gaangiich

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

Fish chaser made from coconut leaves. gapiisyoer

Pinwheel made from coconut leaves. garbaalog

Sleeping mat made of coconut leaves. k'ining

Sleeping mat made of coconut leaves. k'iniy

To strip or pick leaves from a branch. laapoef

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

To strip or pick leaves from a branch. leepoef

To dry leaves by heat; heat, as from a fire. madoedaew

In the midst of the leaves of a tree. maerngin

A temporary shelter with one side roof made of coconut leaves, lean-to. peeyuw

Type of tree; type of biyqöch that has tough wood and small leaves. pithaagach

Mature, old leaves on a branch. powaan

To crush by twisting in the hands, as leaves for medicine or nuunuw, to roll in the hands. qadeedngey

To crush by twisting in the hands, as leaves for medicine or nuunuw, to roll in the hands. qadiidngey

To crush by twisting in the hands, as leaves for medicine or nuunuw, to roll in the hands. qaleelngey

Leaves that are green due to lack of sunshine. qamireq

Pandanus leaves used for roofing. qayow

Taro leaf stem; new leaves of banana tree. qochqoch

To pluck leaves. qochqochiy

To rub or scrape coconut leaves with a knife. reey

Young leaves of a tree. talael'igin

Toy propellor made from coconut leaves. talbichbich

Toy propellor made from coconut leaves. talgichgich

Young leaves of a tree. tamael'igin

Dance ornament of coconut leaves tied to wrist. teem

Purse made of pandanus leaves. teesaangee

A hat made of palm leaves worn by women who are mensturating. tultugleeb

leaving

To feel like leaving. poes-aen'

lee

Lee or downwind side of canoe, side away from outrigger. gaarwol

leeside

To turn away from wind, turn to leeward, turn to outrigger side, turn downwind; leeward, leeside, downwind, outrigger side. gaag

leeward

To turn away from wind, turn to leeward, turn to outrigger side, turn downwind; leeward, leeside, downwind, outrigger side. gaag

left

The non-fibrous part left from coconut husk after qaaw is removed. buluth

Left hand side; wrongly. gilaey'

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

Left over from anything; slow to move. magëch

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

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

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

leftover

Leftover food on next day. gumith

leg

Coconut leaf leg ornament. paelug

His leg, foot. qaay

The calf of his leg. qadiin qaay

Leg tattoo. thilbachaag

Leg tattoo. thilbacheag

legend

Story meant for entertainment, legend. yaat

legendary

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

The wife of the legendary Puluwlap. Gilsaabugleal

Legislature

Place in Doonguch where the Legislature building is. Tabalaaw

legs

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

Part of kafor between the legs. gul'iil

To spread apart, of a girl's legs. gurudiy

To spread apart, of a girl's legs. mogorod

Grass skirts; legs of a crab or lobster. qoeng

Elephantasis of arms or legs. saesyow

lei

Classifier for lei, necklace, etc. kiy

lemon

Lemon, lime. marach

Lemon, lime. marëch

Lemon, lime; citrus. reemoong

lend

Debt, loan; to lend. malifith

length

To measure the length, measure land, survey. fil

Its height, its length. n'umngin

Its length or duration. n'uungin

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

A measurement of length, from one's chest to the tip of his out-stretched hand. tangorngor

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

leprosy

Leprosy. daraaw

less

Weak, less. waer

let

To let hang, or be hanging. gofgofeag

To leave, let, let alone, let go, permit, allow, drop, throw, loose, release; to show, of a movie. paag

lethargic

Type of fish, stonefish; sloppy, lethargic person. noew

letter

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

Letter of the alphabet. leetraa

Love letter. teengaamii

levee

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

To make a levee or a stone wall. chabogiy

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

level

Stage, level, grade in grading things, or people. doodow

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

Hand of banana; level, grade, stage. yaan

lever

Lever. chuum

To use a lever. chuum naag

To pry something, lever. guwes

levirate

To marry in levirate or sororate. muun fangich

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liar

Liar, false. fëlfeal' l'ugun

lick

To lick. liil'

To lick. liil'liil'

lid

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

To remove the lid and covering leaves from a pot; to uncover a pot. firik

lie

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

To lie to someone, fool someone, trick someone, or deceive someone. To do wrestling tricks to someone. baen naag

To lie, fabricate. lifith

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

To lie, prevaricate. malifith

To tell a lie, to lie. paapalyow

To tell a lie, to lie. palyow

To lie, trick, mislead, fool, deceive. sabaenbaen

To cause to lie belly up. taflangeag

lies

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

life

To run for one's life. boor

A particular way of life or a particular behavior. rëgrëg

lift

To lift up, something laying down. bigbigiy

To lift up, as something lying down. bugbugiy

To lift something. chibiy

Fork, fork lift. fook

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

To lift out of the water (of the outrigger). yaang

To lift the foot, to step with the foot. yif'

lifting

Hoisting, lifting, or elevating. machbiibiy

light

Light in weight. baaqud

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

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

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

To shine, glow, be light. gael

To shine a light on. gael'

To use for a light or torch. gal'aay

To shine, glow, be light; to go torch fishing. gälgael

To shine a light, flashlight, torch, repeatedly. gäl'gael'

A light rain which persists for a long while. gaman

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

Gray, of hair; to shine, be light. maat

To shine, as a light. maateag

To lighten, to shine a light on. mateag

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

Light brown colored. mireq

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

To be rather light in weight. sabaabaaquud

Marbles, the game of marbles; light bulb. taamaa

Light, as daylight. taaraan

lighten

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

To lighten, to shine a light on. mateag

lightening

Lightening. quluch

lighter

Cigarette lighter. laaytaa

Fire lighter, means or act of lighting a fire. maqab

Fire lighter, means or act of lighting a fire. maqaf

lighting

Fire lighter, means or act of lighting a fire. maqab

Fire lighter, means or act of lighting a fire. maqaf

lightly

To bump against lightly; graze. bit'

To bump against lightly; graze. but'

lightning

Lightning bug, fire fly. goergoer

like

To pull a rope, or something like a rope, hand over hand. baabaliy

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To grind, like corn; to smash or crack. bil

To grind, like corn; smash or crack. biliig

To resemble, be the same as, like, similar to. boed

To jerk or pull something, like grass, from its place with force. buk'uliy

To make like the tip of a spear. bulsarëy naag

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

Sound like metal being pounded. chaen

Coil up like a snake or a piece of string. chencheen

To coil something like a line or a piece of string. chencheen naag

Suddenly to get up and go, as if one had just remembered something one had to do; to leave in a hurry; to ^split^; to thrash like a wild animal. chigar

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

Sticky, clinging, like mud. chingching

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

To do that way, like that over there. daram

Like this. doroey

Like that. dorom

To regurgitate through the nose like a baby. dumuuq

Type of coral that looks like a mushroom. farquul

Having a hard core, like a tumor. fathagmos

Type of skin rash like pimples. gachaal

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

Money shaped like a tusk. giy

Kind of fish, like a great red snapper. gooychaab

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

Sticky like glue. koolkool

Type of vine, like morning glory. laay

Thing worn by a man (only piiluung) around neck, which looks like a grass skirt, made from gaal. ligow

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

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

To close, like hand. maqöng

To close, like hand. maqung

Rough, like sandpaper. matharthaar

Noisy, boisterous, like a drunk. mayangar

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

Stick together, like gum in hair. meechigaaf

To be closed, like hand, clam, mouth, etc. moquchum

Type of crab with joited tail that looks like a scorpion. ngureq

Type of fish trap that looks like a box. paalog

Flint; anything hard like flint. pachëq

To feel like leaving. poes-aen'

Like a birthmark. qachqaach

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

To like, love, want. qadaag

To like, love, want somewhat. qadqadaag

To dig something from the ground like yam. qiriy

A reed like bamboo; type of shell. qucheel

To close something that has to fold together, like the mouth, hand, giant clam, etc. quchumiy

Type of bird like a robin or thrush. qumeal

Type of small sea crab, like qumaang. quriich

Ceremic water container that looks like a gourd. rimeaq

Silly, like girls. samath'aath'aag

To like, love, want somewhat. saqadqadaag

Break into, like a building. sifithiy

Like, as, as if, similar, suppose, pretend. suusun

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

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

A joint, place where two things peeth, like in a house construction. tapeeth

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

A place where people meet, sort of like an assembly hall. tawes

Part of house, like a porch. teepaaw

To coil, like fishing line when twisted. teqchaang

To sink, of an object like a stone; contrasted with mak' "to swamp". thab

To sink something, like a stone; constrasted with mak'eag "to swamp something". thabeag

Fibrous, like an old stringbean. thaqthaaq

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

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

A support like a stick, etc., usually temporary. tugtug

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

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

Type of wild crawling vine, like morning glory. walëy

Twisted, like a tin can. wayëq

Twisted, like a tin can. wëq

To resemble, be the same as, like, similar to. woed

To resemble, be the same as, like, similar to. woel

Share of something that you get by virtue of owning something like land, fishing grounds, etc.; or by virtue of your position from the land. wolbuw

Word of warning, like "watch out!". yalëq

Type of crawling vine like morning glory. yalëy

Like this. yoedoroey

Like that (near you). yoodoor

Like that (over there). yoodorom

likely

Likely to collapse, fall in, cave in; riddled, of rotten taro. puthputh

likewise

To strip a piece of skin of the husk of a coconut to tie it to another that was likewise stripped, in order to carry them. theethey

lily

Type of plant, the spider lily. giyab

lime

Betel nut lime container. magad

Lemon, lime. marach

Lemon, lime. marëch

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

Calculus on teeth, from lime. ngaech

Lemon, lime; citrus. reemoong

Pieces of coral or grit remaining in lime. thaak

The color white, lime. weach

limp

To limp, to tiptoe. gasarap

Limp, slack. qasarap

To limp, to tiptoe. sarap

limping

Out of shape, limping. wëqweaq

line

To wrap or wind around, as a rope, line, string around a cylindrical object. baechiy

To roll or coil something up repeatedly, continuosly or completely; to roll or wind a line around something completely. bichbichiy

To roll or coil something up; to roll or wind a line around something bichiy

Coil, as line. cheen

To coil, as a line. cheen naag

To coil something like a line or a piece of string. chencheen naag

Line or row of people or things. fach

To line single file. facheag

Line or row of things or people. fachfach

To line single file. fachfacheag

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

Rope, string; a line. gof

To line up. k'aaf

To line up. k'af

To line up. k'afeag

To line up. k'afk'af

To line up. k'afk'afeag

To line up. k'ëfk'ëf

To line up. k'ëfk'ëfeag

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

To fish with straight line, to angle. lum'eag

To bottom fish, to fish with drop line. nguchuur

Mother's side, maternal side, maternal line. nuun thuuth

Wire, line. seeng

To situate in a row or line. tafach

To put in a row or line up. tafacheag

To coil, like fishing line when twisted. teqchaang

Nylon fishing line. tiingnguus

Line or string for carrying fish. yeeg

A line for stringing fish. yoofëy

lined

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

Stream lined, or compact. machugum

Stream lined, of sea craft. murunguuy

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

lines

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

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

To connect, join, continue, as lines. quluuliy

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

Fortune lines on palm of hand. wool

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

lips

His lips. dabap' i l'ugun

Pale color of lips when it's cold. debuqöy

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

To curse by pursing the lips in a certain way. gargear

To drink down without touching lips. k'oongk'oong

To drink down without touching lips. k'oongk'oong naag

To taste with lips or tongue. lämläm

To taste with the lips or tongue. lämlämiy

To taste with lips or tongue. limlimiy

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

lipstick

Lipstick. beenii

liquid

To dip in liquid. chulithaeg

To dip in liquid. chulithiy

Drops of a liquid. gaaf

To shake or mix, as liquid. qächqachuy

To splash, shake, of liquid. qatuul

To splash, shake, of liquid. qatuultuul

liquor

Liquor, whiskey. rrum

list

To read something written. To list or enumerate. baqëg

To read; recite, as a list of people. beqeg

listen

To listen to, to pay attention to. matooyil

literally

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

To be single-minded, obsessed. To have the mind fixed on one thing. (Literally: "anchor-minded") yiluuy-aen'

litter

Trash or litter on the ground. chabung

To litter or make a mesh of something clean. chabungeag

A "litter bug". ladoq

Runt in a litter, sickly young pig. t'uuy

little

More, some, a little. boech

Few; little bit. boechquw

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

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

Tiny, very little. ganit'niit'

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

To accomplish little. girgiriy

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

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

Little, few. lichliich

Little, few. liich

Full of little holes. mat'uft'uuf

To release, drop little by little. pagpaag

Small, little. qachiichiig

Small, little. qachiig

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'

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

Little things, small things; diminutive. yoechi

Little finger. yuurchul

live

Live coral. lugoch

To stay, sit, remain, live, settle down. paer

liver

Liver. qaed

lives

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 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

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

Type of bottom fish that lives in muddy water. dabung

Kind of shrimp that lives in mud. mariichol

living

Alive, living. fas

Living room part of a house. geethiith

lizard

Kind of lizard. dafngooch

Monitor lizard; type of fish. galuuf

Kind of lizard. giyël

Type of lizard, gecko. qadburruq

Type of small, black lizard. qamqam

Type of brown lizard. qathalwoq

Type of lizard. qathilwoq

Type of brown lizard. qatilgog

Type of green lizard. qatraaw

lizards

Game of seeing lizards. taalaang qataraaw

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load

Load. gilaeb

Large bamboo raft for heavy load. wupqeb

loan

Debt, loan; to lend. malifith

loathe

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

lobe

His ear lobe. taraan' i yil

lobster

Lobster. qaraangooy

Grass skirts; legs of a crab or lobster. qoeng

localized

Itching, burning rash, localized with bumps. firaef

located

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

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

To be located over. geech

lock

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

Locked, lock. look

locked

Locked, lock. look

log

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

Log which drifts in from the ocean. qael

loin

Two or more loin cloths worn by young men without gaal'. gapalpal

To wear a single loin cloth by an adult; single loin cloth worn by an adult man. machiy

Loin cloth. thuw

loincloth

Polite word for loincloth. baleal

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

Man's clothing, hibiscus fiber loincloth. kafor

Man's clothing, hibiscul fiber loincloth. k'afor

long

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

To pare many times, or for a long time. faethfaethiy

A light rain which persists for a long while. gaman

Long ago, ancient. kaakaroom

Half; also counter for sticks and long objects. lëy

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

Tired, as from standing or sitting too long. magaaf

To pass, of time; to grow long, of time. muunmuun

Long, tall. n'uw

Long knife, machete. siipow

Long knife, machete. sipow

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

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

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

long-nosed

Type of long-nosed fish. chooreq

look

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

To look around. chaachangar

To look around for something. chaachangar naag

To look around wonderingly. chabcheab

To grope for; to look for something with hands. chamaen

To grope for; to look for something with hands. chamäniy

To look at; to look around. changar

To look for. changar naag

To look as if about to cry. dabluqluuq

To look for, search, seek. gaaweeg

To look for, search, seek. gaay

To look for, search. seek. gaayiy

To look for, search, seek. gaew

To look for, search, seek. gëy

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

To look for, search, seek. magow

To look after, as children, etc.; to guard, watch over. watchman, guard. matanag

To look after, as children, etc.; to guard, watch over. matanagiy

To look at and admire. seebaeliy

To make something look one way. soopeag

To look for. taraqën

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

To stare at, look at. yaeliy

To step on; to look for, search for. yit'

To look for. yoet'

To step on; to look for, search for. yoet'

looking

To go looking for someboby. chaayiy

To roam about, as in the night; to rummage in stuff looking for something. daaraaw

To roam about, as in the night; to rummage in stuff looking for something. daraaraaw

To rummage in stuff looking for something. deedeeraew

To rummage in stuff looking for something. deeraew

To urgently looking for something. goroy

Ugly looking. manaen'ug

An excuse; looking for an excuse. taatawëy

To rummage hand in looking for something. wirigiy

To rummage in stuff looking for something. wurugiy

To rummage in stuff looking for something. wurukiy

looks

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

Type of coral that looks like a mushroom. farquul

Thing worn by a man (only piiluung) around neck, which looks like a grass skirt, made from gaal. ligow

Type of crab with joited tail that looks like a scorpion. ngureq

Type of fish trap that looks like a box. paalog

Ceremic water container that looks like a gourd. rimeaq

loop

To tie a loop around. qupöliy

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

loops

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

loose

To shake, as if trying to shake loose. dängdaeng

To shake, as if trying to shake loose. dängdeeng

Not tight, loose. laalawur

Not tight, loose. laaloer

Loose, as a knot. loeloer

To come loose from shell. lof

To be loose in its hole or its place. look'look'

To come loose from shell. loq

Severed, separated, cut loose. maath'

To leave, let, let alone, let go, permit, allow, drop, throw, loose, release; to show, of a movie. paag

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

To pass by, disappear; slip loose. thumur

Loose. walear

To be loose. warwaar

loosely

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

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

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

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

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

loosen

To loosen. warwareag

lose

To feel glutted; lose appetite for something by overeating. fang-aen'

To lose, as a game. luus

To throw away, to lose. n'aeg

lost

Wild, undomesticated, lost. malbach

lot

To talk, speak; to chatter, talk a lot; speech, conversation. noonnoon

lots

Type of coconut tree with lots of coconuts. nuugeel

loudly

To laugh loudly, guffaw. wagaqgaq

louse

Louse egg, nit. thiil

love

Illicit love. laen ea labuch

Inexperienced (at love). maeruut

Secret love affairs. meqiling

To like, love, want. qadaag

To like, love, want somewhat. qadqadaag

Love affair, sectet dating, adultery, fornication. qiling

To like, love, want somewhat. saqadqadaag

Love letter. teengaamii

To love, to favor. t'ufeeg

loved

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

low

Low caste. f'aang

Low caste. lawoth

A low caste. looth

Low caste, fifth caste, slave. mälngaay

Low caste, the lowest caste. mälngaay ni kaan

Low caste, fourth caste. mälngaay ni qarow

Expression of respect used by low caste people. nen

Slave, low caste, fifth caste. pimilngaay

Low tide; shallow sandy section of sea bottom. qey

Low, of rank, class, elevation. soobuut'

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

Hill with low grass. tayid

Hill with low grass. tead

Hill with low grass. teed

Low. toobuut'

Low side of house, where work is done. toqor

Channel dug in the qey for use during low tide. yaal

Channel dug in the qey for use during low tide. yeal

lower

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

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

To lower, as in height. toobut'eeg

lowest

Lowest type of shell money. chöbchöb

Lowest type of shell money. chubchub

Low caste, the lowest caste. mälngaay ni kaan

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lubricating

Lubricating oil or grease. feet

luck

Repository of magic power; talisman, good luck charm. banood

Luck, fortune. waqath

lucky

Fortunate, lucky. falaaqab

Fortunate, lucky. falqab

Always lucky. yuuq

lumber

Wood, lumber, timber. rayën

Wood, lumber, timber. rean

lunch

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

lungs

Sponge; lungs. warrum

lure

Fishing lure. paech

lust

To lust after sexually (woman in general). daawol

To lust after sexually (woman in general). daawol naag

To lust after sexually. därngal

To lust after sexually. dirngal

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lying

To lift up, as something lying down. bugbugiy

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

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

To be lying belly up. taflang

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

lymph

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

Swollen lymph glands. mangaang'

Swollen lymph nodes. wachëq

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