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ugly

Ugly. faguw

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

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

Ugly looking. manaen'ug

Ugly. mitgeey'

Ugly. sarbuch

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ulcerated

An ulcerated sore. rabngëg

Ulithi

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

Island in Ulithi. Fayis

An island in Ulithi. Mogmog

The island of Ulithi. Wugöy

The island of Ulithi. Wulthiy

Ulithi island. Yulthiy

Ulithian

Tobacco sliced Ulithian style; to slice into pieces. chiliilig

Outer islander, Ulithian, sea people. pumathaaw

Ulithians

Coconut candy, made by Ulithians. leeleth

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um

umbilical

Umbilical cord. biy

umbrella

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

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

A shelter, as an umbrella, etc. manaaf

A shelter, as an umbrella, etc. manaf

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un

uncertain

Uncertain, unsure. maerwaer

uncle

His uncle. toengin

An uncle who takes care of his sister's children if they die. waag

unclean

Dirty, unclean, soiled. qaliit

uncomfortably

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

uncover

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

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

To gradually or continuously uncover, as a pot. förfoer

under

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

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

Under skirt for grass skirts. keän ni taanggin

Method of fishing, to drive fish under the reef with stones. mageang

Second caste, under bulcheeq. mathbaan

To carry one by supporting under his arms. poeliy

To carry under the arm. qalibey

Attic, area under roof; type of rock formation in the sea. quliy

Under. taamgun

Under. taan

Under the house. taan ea faang

Second caste under quluun. tathbaan

underarm

Underarm odor. qubraawael

underbrush

Bush, underbrush, brush, grass, weeds. paan

underclothes

Woman's underclothes. sitaengii

undercook

To undercook, to cook inadequately. maraarak naag

To undercook, of food. maraarakeag

underdone

Underdone, inadequately cooked, half raw. maraarak

undergo

Type of magic performed for a pregnant woman to undergo a trouble-free delivery, etc. bälbäl

underground

Underground oven. wum

underneath

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

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 fit into, underneath. ying

underpants

Underpants. saarmaataa

undersized

Undersized, of coconut or other fruits. yakal

underskirt

Part of kafor on the right side, also "outskirt" of qoeng, as opposed to underskirt, n'ayaan. machgar

underwater

Reef hole, underwater cave. ruuq

underwear

Underwear, pants. paenchuu

undomesticated

Wild, undomesticated, lost. malbach

undyed

Type of silvery fish; undyed gaal'. qachthul

uneven

Rough, uneven. madoodongol

unexpectedly

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

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

unfortunate

Unfortunate or pitiable person. lamol

A poor, pitiable, unfortunate person. qa dow

unguarded

Unguarded, open, as of a space in a volleyball game. loq

unhang

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

To bring down, unhang. pul

unhappy

Sad, unhappy. kireeb-aen'

unicorn

Type of unicorn fish. maath

Type of small unicorn fish. paethyoeth

Type of fish, unicorn fish. qerngal

Type of fish, unicorn fish. qumeech

Type of fish, unicorn fish. quum

unit

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

A unit of measure equal to three fingers. gaam

To direct (as a military unit). gafaeliy

Unit of measurement equals to six feet. keeng

A unit of measurement, foot. saek

unite

To unite two things together. chaagiliy

united

To be together, united, stuck unto something; be added to. chaag

United, together; stuck together. cheag

units

Day of; classifier for time units. fean

unknown

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

unmarried

Old maid, unmarried woman, bachelor. machugbil

unripe

Unripe breadfruit. chugëy

unripen

To fall down, as unripen fruits. munugun

unsatisfied

Unsatisfied, curious. lealleal

To do occasionally; to take medicine occasionally; to be unsatisfied; hungry, have a hunger for something. maraarak

unskilled

Unskilled person. gardaq

unskillful

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

unsprouted

Unsprouted ripe coconut. k'uuk'uw

unstable

To be unstable, go from one thing to another. qafqaf

unsteady

Unsteady, not fixed. yooyoowol

unsure

Uncertain, unsure. maerwaer

untamed

Wild, untamed, of animals. magaagar

untie

To open, untie. pithig

untied

To be untied, solved, open, revealed. puuf

until

Keep something until it is needed. chaqar

Woman's name, given to a girl child temprorarily until a permanent name is decided on. Ligaaw

To rub something until it is flat and smooth. raaweeg

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

unto

To be together, united, stuck unto something; be added to. chaag

untouchable

Holy, sacrosanct, untouchable, forbidden. mathangeeluwol

unwalled

Wallless, unwalled, of a partially finished house. garngaab

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up

uphill

To go uphill, ascend, rise; come to the surface of the water for air. far

To go uphill, ascend, rise; come to the surface of the water for air. foor

To go uphill, ascend, rise; come to the surface of the water for air. for

Up, uphill. taalaang

An uphill slope. tafarthag

An uphill slope. tafarthog

upon

Once upon a time; one-time (future only) biqid

To find, discover by accident, come upon. pat

upper

Its upper stage, of a grass skirt. tarchaqën

upright

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

uproot

Digging stick used to uproot taro and other swamp crops. baywoq

upset

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

upwards

Up, upwards, sky. laeng

upwind

To turn upwind, turn towards outrigger side, turn to windward. faang

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

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urchin

Sea urchin. boqol

Type of sea urchin. daan

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

Contents of sea urchin. roeq

Type of sea urchin. walaq

Type of edible sea urchin. yooq

urethra

Hole in penis, urethra. machëq

urgently

To urgently looking for something. goroy

urinate

To urinate; urine. fiiq

Urine; to urinate. garamchal

Urination; feeling of the need to urinate. mafiiq

To urinate, child's talk. piis

To urinate, child's talk. piispiis

urinating

Polite word for urinating. garmaam'

urination

Urination; feeling of the need to urinate. mafiiq

urine

To urinate; urine. fiiq

Urine; to urinate. garamchal

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use

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'

A spade use in the taro patch to dig taro. baawoq

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

To use as chilif. chilifey

To use a lever. chuum naag

To own, possess; to use as a possession. fanaay

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

To use, own, possess as seedlings. fiqiy

To use for a light or torch. gal'aay

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

To use a betel nut. langadiy

To use. maang

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

To squeeze grated coconut to get the cream out; to use coconut cream in cooking. meecheqiy

To tie up something shaky for temporary use, to jury rig. qathlëy

To make a support for temporary use. tugtuguy

Provision for future use. tunug

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

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

used

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

Same as yib in present tense. Used only with bea and maa. baab

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

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

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

Digging stick used to uproot taro and other swamp crops. baywoq

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

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

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

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

Rifle; a spear gun used for fishing. booyoch

Word, used as classifier. bug

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

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

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

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

To peel, as taro; used in general of preparing food for cooking. choew

To peel, as taro; used in general of preparing food for cooking. choeweeg

To peel, as taro; used in general of preparing food for cooking. choey

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

Coconut shell with only a small hole in the top used to dip water with. daag

Basket, only used for coconut leaf ones. duug

To weave; thread used in weaving. fireg

Betel nut sheath used for sitting on. gilchabiy

Type of fern used for grass skirts. goob

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

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

Place, position, as in a job; taboo place; used as a classifier, a hole for taro or yam; spoor, mark, track, trail. liiw

Type of shell used for bracelets. loet

To take food from pot with a lukur, a stick used for the purpose. lukuruy

Cloth, clothing; also used for baatee. maad

To juggle; things used for juggling. maechyoech

Sweet tasting; also used to refer to sexual climax. magqën

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

A piece of puw or moor used in qayung or qayow. meechar

Type of fern used for making garlands. m'oeng

Expression of respect used by low caste people. nen

Betel nut sheath used for seat. pachanguw

A pole used for breaking coral to catch fish. piisoon

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

Pandanus leaves used for roofing. qayow

Type of red soil used for paint. qeryaq

Type of sea worm used for bait. qineap

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

Begging dance used at funerals. taam'

To juggle; things used for juggling. tiiloey'

Type of fern used for making grass skirts. tilbug

Term of address used to a girl. tin

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

Type of shell used for bracelets. yaataaw

Used only in expression feek yaath. yaath

A bunch of corals used to house a yanup. yaay

Type of plant used in hedges. yabung

Type of mangrove tree used as dye for fishing nets. yangach

uses

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

using

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

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

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

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

To get by using a harvesting pole. yaqög

usual

Familiar to, habitual, usual, customary. maacham

The usual few, the regulars, those people who are the hard core of regulars. mathaath

One-by-one; usual few. tamathaath

usually

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

Payment in money or fine; pay penalty for crime in Yapese tradition, usually done by representative; to make such payment. biyuul

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

To find, usually by accident. feang

Stump of a tree, usually a coconut tree. much

Stump of a tree, usually a coconut tree. muchmuch

A small house, usually for cooking, but not necessarily. taqang

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

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uterus

Cervix of uterus. puw

utility

Utility pole, power pole. deengkiibaesiiraa

Utility pole, power pole. haesiraa

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uv

uvula

Rope for hanging things; uvula. toogaaf

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Yapese Dictionary, web edition
revision 6/15/2012
email: John Thayer Jensen (compiler) – Stephen Trussel (web production)