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Yalfath

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

yam

Type of yam. daabach

Type of yam. dael

Type of wild yam. doel

Type of yam. duqög

Type of yam. gaabrach

Type of yam. gamead

Type of yam. garbach

Rice; type of yam. koomëy

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

Savage, cannibal, New Guinea; type of yam. moeroes

Type of yam. ngabchëy

To dig something from the ground like yam. qiriy

Type of wild yam; type of mangrove. roek

Type of fruit tree, durian; type of yam. roowael

Type of hard yam. theap'

Type of yam. waenbey

Type of yam. wanead

Yam in general, those with vine stem. warduq

Pole for yam to climb on. wayangarach

Type of yam. yuumarfang

Type of yam. yuuquchub

Type of yam. yuurumung

yams

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

yank

To yank. mallëq

Yap

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

Name of a district or municipality of Yap. Dalipeebinaew

Main town in Yap State. Doonguch

Name of a district or municipality of Yap. Fanif

Name of a certain harbor or passage in Yap. Gabaech

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

Name of a district or municipality of Yap. Gagil

Name of a district or municipality of Yap. Gilmaan'

Name of a certain place in Yap. Giy

Second trip to Yap from the Outer Islands. goonafang

Name of a district or municipality of Yap. Kanifaay

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

A Mountain in Yap, Mount Matade. Madëqdëq

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

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

Masculine name, the person who first brought Qanugumaang money to Yap. Qanugumaang

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

Name of a district of municipality of Yap. Ruul

The highest mountain in Yap. Taabiywol

A canal in Yap. Tagireeng

Name of a district or municipality of Yap. Tamil

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

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

The island of Yap. Waqab

Name of a district or municipality of Yap. Weeloey

Yapese

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

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

A Yapese dance. Standing dance. gaapngëg

To advance order according to Yapese custom. maaraay

To advance order according to Yapese custom. maaraay naag

A Yapese celebration. maruuruwol

A Yapese feast at a certain time of the year. mathaqëg

Traditional Yapese ceremony, party, celebration. miit

Traditional Yapese ceremony, party, celebration. mitmiit

Priest in Yapese religion. paaq ea taliiw

Type of Yapese shell money. p'aaw

A Yapese ceremony. qachonggil

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

yawn

To yawn. gilaawoq

To yawn. nguluq

yaws

Yaws, only on soles of feet. bilis

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

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year

Year. duw

A Yapese feast at a certain time of the year. mathaqëg

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

yeast

Yeast. qiis

yell

To yell, scream, yodel. k'öl

To yell, scream, yodel. k'uul

To shout, bark, yell. toeluul

yellow

The color yellow. maaguchoel

Just turning yellow, as fruit. marmang

Type of coconut tree with very yellow coconuts. meqchurwoq

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

Type of coconut tree with yellow nuts. yuugubwol

yellow-fin

Type of fish, yellow-fin tuna. taguw

yellowish

Type of yellowish taro; egg yolk. laek'

yesterday

Day before yesterday. fooplaan

Two days before yesterday. foopringaan

Yesterday. foowaap

Two days before yesterday. wuruq ea foopringaan

yet

Coconut leaf which is not yet open. buuth

Not yet. daawor

Also, again, yet, still. ku

To fry; to make a sizzling sound; to simmer, of a pot not yet boiled. mismis

Copra with no buul yet. qachngal

Not ripe yet, green (of fruit). yachaq

If only; too much; still, yet. yugu

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yodel

To yell, scream, yodel. k'öl

To yell, scream, yodel. k'uul

yolk

Type of yellowish taro; egg yolk. laek'

yonder

There, yonder. qaram

you

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'

To peel the skin of a person or the bark of something, as the sun does when you get sunburnt. baap naag

You all. dapiy

You (singular). ga

You two (speaking to young men). gäl tam

You two (speaking to young women). gäl tin

You two. gäliy

You (plural). gimeed

You (two). gimeew

You (singular). guur

To plan, plot to get something that you have desired, by deception. liipiy

Sugar cane; something so good you don't want to stop doing it. mak'il

Wet from rain falling on you at the moment. mayuguq

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

Wet only from rain falling on you now. meyguq

You (plural) come. mireed

You two come. mireew

You (singular). mu

There near you; then. qer

There near you; then. qër

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

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

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

There (near you). wur

Like that (near you). yoodoor

young

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

Child; young. bitiir

young girl before puberty. buulyal

Young breadfruit. chogoy

Young coconut tree. fadalap

Young coconut shoots. farag

Type of dancing skirt made from young coconut leaf. fiis

You two (speaking to young men). gäl tam

You two (speaking to young women). gäl tin

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

Easily bent, as a young twig. garungrung

Young, soft coconut shell; soft meat in top of betel nut. liyem

Young coconut husk for chewing. maay

Young coconut. malooyir

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

A young lady who menstruate for the first time. nut

Chick, young chicken. porok

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

Young coconut leaf. qurwoch

A young boy. sarpagäl

Young leaves of a tree. talael'igin

Young leaves of a tree. tamael'igin

Part of a young coconut husk. taryën

Child; young. tiir

Young coconut, but drinkable. t'oeb

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

Young shoots of tree. wagaed

Hairy things on young bamboo and sugar cane. yaan

Hairy things on young bamboo and sugar cane. yeen

younger

Term of address to a younger male. tam

His younger brother. tethiin

Spinning top; my younger brother. toongig

Younger brother, younger sister, younger sibling. wayin

youngest

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

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

your

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

Your mother (baby talk of cursing). m'em

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

you're

Fear of the person or thing you're afraid of. digowean

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

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