Entries from Sperlich 1997 in Pollex-Online

Sperlich, Wolfgang B., ed. (1997) Tohi Vagahau Niue/ Niue Language Dictionary. Government of Niue in association with Department of LInguistics, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu

Language Item Description
Niue Lupa To spark, to flare Phonologically Irregular
Niue Lutu To move (vt)
Niue Maaa Brother-in-law, sister-in-law Problematic
Niue Maa/ki To be faded, washed out
Niue Ma/funa/funa Crumble, fall to bits. Mashed (McE).
Niue Maago/a Empty, dry (of fallen coconut)
Niue Ma/iloga To distinguish, to recognize, to acknowledge. Sign, mark (McE).
Niue Manoa. Maanoa (McE). Thread. Spool, reel (McE).
Niue Mao mao V mai: Be perceived (by speaker) as a result of V Uncertain Semantic Connection
Niue Mataali Premature (of fruit)
Niue Matapule/ga Ceremonial rite of passage (in modern times associated with circumcision)
Niue Matua Elder (n)
Niue Mea Fish gills Problematic
Niue Melo Mixed (of colour) (mainly refers to shades of yellow, green, red and brown); to redden (of face or eyes, as when close to tears)
Niue Miko To twist Phonologically Irregular
Niue Mo As Problematic
Niue Moke Nothing left. Oti moke, completely finished Problematic
Niue Moo/kefu Mealy-bug
Niue Moko Child (term of endearment...)
Niue Momi Rubber tubing. Rubber (McE). Uncertain Semantic Connection
Niue Mo/mole Slippery, smooth
Niue Mono To replace, give back, repay Problematic
Niue Monu/ina To prosper, be successful, lucky, fortunate
Niue Mootipo Plant spp. (Triumfetta rhomboidea) and (Urena lobata)
Niue Moo/tou Tree sp. (Cordia subcordata)
Niue Muhu (with following noun) Abundant in, have plenty of (what is denoted by the noun)
Niue Mulu To fiddle; to take too long (of work) Uncertain Semantic Connection
Niue Mune Bare, lacking in (e.g.) feathers, hair, teeth, limbs Problematic
Niue Nafa, lafa To hit, beat
Niue Na/kai Post-verbal marker of neutral yes-no questions
Niue Nii Post-verbal particle: Just, only; indeed, quite Problematic
Niue Naa Demonstrative adjective, pointing to something or someone near the person addressed Problematic
Niue Nuu(pia) To process (arrowroot)
Niue Ole(ole) (with negative) Not much Problematic
Niue Olopoou Mother (name given to new mother having her first child)
Niue Ope/ope Heavy, bent down. Weak, near death (McE). Phonologically Irregular
Niue Ota A measure (us. a bucket) of grated arrowroot
Niue Oue. Ouee (McE). Thank you!
Niue Pa/agi To glide or float up and down in the air Phonologically Irregular
Niue Pango Fern sp. (Cyclosorus invisus) Phonologically Irregular
Niue Pango/taa Prisoner, convict. Slave (McE). Uncertain Semantic Connection
Niue Pango/pango/taa Rude. Uncouth (McE).
Niue Pag/uti To make a light crackling sound [when eaten]
Niue Paha/huu To be damp
Niue Pahua, pakua Bone Uncertain Semantic Connection
Niue Pala/pala/veka Fern spp. (Tectaria chrysotricha, T.latifolia)
Niue Pala/tava Coastal fern spp. (Phymatodes nigrescens, Acrostichum aureum)
Niue Palea To obtain or receive something unexpectedly. Obtained in an indefinite way, or from an indefinite place; infrequent, rare (McE).
Niue Pale/pale Reward, payment. Compensation (McE). Uncertain Semantic Connection
Niue Palu teehii Castor oil fish (Ruvettus pretiosus)