Commonly Confused Palauan Words

Group 1

WordPOSRoot Word
OLECHESELn.poss.3sOLUCHES: pencil; pen.
OLSENGELn.poss.3sOLES: knife.
OSECHELn.poss.3sUASECH: aged juice or gravy (from food). Other fluids. Broth.
OSENGELn.poss.3sUES: vision; sight; view.

Group 2

WordPOSRoot Word
OKERDIIv.pf.3sOLEKERD: let off; let out; unload; drop off (person).
OLEKERDv.caus.OLEKERD: let off; let out; unload; drop off (person).
OLTAKv.t.OLTAK: pick up (person); carry something aboard; jump into (net etc.).
OTEKIRvar.OLTAK: pick up (person); carry something aboard; jump into (net etc.).

Group 3

WordPOSRoot Word
MEDIRv.pf.3sOMED: catch; grab; pick up; borrow (money).
METECHIIv.pf.3sOMETECH: throw; (sun) throw rays (into or onto); pitch (in baseball); hurl object at; crack or pound (nut of tropical almond or shellfish); save (money or supplies) for an emergency or contingency.
OMEDv.t.OMED: catch; grab; pick up; borrow (money).
OMETECHv.t.OMETECH: throw; (sun) throw rays (into or onto); pitch (in baseball); hurl object at; crack or pound (nut of tropical almond or shellfish); save (money or supplies) for an emergency or contingency.

Group 4

WordPOSRoot Word
KURSIIv.pf.3sMENGURS: pull; tow; drag.
MENGURSv.t.MENGURS: pull; tow; drag.
ODBECHIIv.pf.3sOLDUBECH: push (in any direction).
OLDUBECHv.caus.OLDUBECH: push (in any direction).

Group 5

WordPOSRoot Word
CHITUTIIv.pf.3sMENGETIUT: put on (headware); insert; stick into or onto; impale; plug in.
OLTUTv.t.OLTUT: suckle; nurse; give milk to (from baby-bottle).
OLTUUv.t.OLTUU: make (someone) enter; put into.
OMTUTv.caus.OMTUT: suckle; nurse; give milk to (from baby bottle).
OTUNGIIv.pf.3sOLTUU: make (someone) enter; put into.
OTUTURv.pf.3sOLTUT: suckle; nurse; give milk to (from baby-bottle).

Group 6

WordPOSRoot Word
OLTERAUv.t.OLTERAU: sell; sell (oneself) as prostitute; give away; betray.
OTERUULv.a.s.OLTERAU: sell; sell (oneself) as prostitute; give away; betray.

Group 7

WordPOSRoot Word
NGARv.s.NGAR: be (located); exist; be alive.
NGERApro.NGERA: what; which; what kind of; anything (but or except).

Group 8

WordPOSRoot Word
CHEDIBn.CHEDIB: small black ant.
CHIDIBn.CHIDIB: wallet; pouch for keeping pepper leaf.

Group 9

WordPOSRoot Word
OLTOIRv.caus.OLTOIR: chase; run after; love; join; get or invite oneself into (group, etc.).
OLTUIRvar.OLTUIL: lay down.

Group 10

WordPOSRoot Word
MEREBEKv.t.MEREBEK: grope at or test out (with foot, stick, pole, etc.).
MERRUBEKv.t.MERRUBEK: thrust spear at/into/under (stone; etc.) without throwing.

Group 11

WordPOSRoot Word
DOBEDEBEKIIv.pf.3sMELEBEDEBEK: think or remember about; ponder; expect; have or keep in mind.
DOBODEBv.s.DOBODEB: calm (after being angry); calmed down; mellow; mellowed.
OBEDOBEDv.i.OBEDOBED: lose grip; slip down; get angry or irritated suddenly; fly off the handle.
OMEDOBEDv.t.OMEDOBED: take off (clothes); tear off (vine; etc.).

Group 12

WordPOSRoot Word
MENGEDv.t.MENGED: put or place down; lay (hands) over or on someone.
MENGEMv.t.MENGEM: pry up; lift with lever.

Group 13

WordPOSRoot Word
MEDEDAESv.s.pl.MEDEDAES: (person, room, etc.) unoccupied; idle; available.
MEDIDAIv.s.MEDIDAI: loose; loose-fitting; partly filled; uncrowded; (speech, etc.) natural/effortless.

Group 14

WordPOSRoot Word
MEDECHEDUCHn.MEDECHEDUCH: coconut at later stage (between odimalmekebud and mechas) when juice turns acidic and meat hardens.
MEDECHEDUCHv.s.t.redup.MEDUCH: know how (to); be skilled at; (wood, metal, etc.) strong or durable; half-ripe (i.e. ready to pick); (pregnant woman) at full-term.
MENGEDECHEDUCHv.t.MENGEDECHEDUCH: talk/converse about; discuss; tell (story); orate; preach.

Group 15

WordPOSRoot Word
BLOKv.r.s.OMOK: open (eyes; mouth; book; door; etc.); spread (legs; etc.) apart.
BLUTEKv.r.s.OMUTEK: shut (mouth, eyes, fist, etc.); close (bag, basket, legs, etc.).

Group 16

WordPOSRoot Word
MIDEKLIIv.pf.3sOMIDOKL: cast/toss (e.g.; fish net); throw underhand (as in softball); throw out(side).
MITEKLIIv.pf.3sOMITOKL: turn (car, boat) around; turn (sleeping person, etc.) in opposite position; turn inside down or upside down; distort (message etc.) (usually, unintentionally).

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