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gaavto stealGaara kʋ gaa mɩ kɩaa.The thief came and stole my things.
gaaaadjwide openƲ niiŋ gaaa.His mouth was wide open, not knowing what to say.
gaabun(Hs.) dried onion leaves1.5.5Parts of a plant
gaafaraexcl(Hs.) sorryGaafara.I am sorry.
gàará, gaarʋnthief
gàarɛ̀v1to unroll, unwind sth. (e.g. thread, rope)Kɛŋ ŋmɛŋ la gaarɛ.Unroll the rope.2to eat for the first time, or after a long interval.Laa pɩɩfalɩŋ deeŋ dii gaarɛ.Eat some of this first new yam of the season.3to scatter, spread, sow, sprinkleMɩ ŋaa hagɩla la a gaarɛ lee la.I got sand and scattered it around.
gaarɩ kʋanloot
gaarɩŋcflɩga/lɩgɩŋn(Eng.) garden5Daily life6.2Agriculture
gaasɛvto initiateBa gaasɛ bile nɛ.The child has been initiated.
galɩkɩn(Eng.) garlic
galɩmɛcflɩɩlɛvto behave foolishlyBile vɩa ʋ naaŋ arɩ ʋ nyɩmma aŋ gɔllɔ gɩgalɩmɛ.The child disobeyed his mother and father and roamed acting like a fool.
gamancrown bird1.6.1.2Bird
gandaaranimpostor, person who pretends to be important
gbaacfhiesikuriv1to gather, heap up sth.Gbaa yaŋ la hɛ dɔŋɔ.Gather the grass together in heaps.6.2.1Growing crops2to make millet-mounds (farming)Ʋ gbaa parɩkpʋraa nɛ.He made millet-mounds.
gbaalanraised mound
gbaanɩŋnplant [sp.] and its seed1.5Plant
gbaarɛcfhilimivto meet, gatherLa gbaara dii.We gathered to eat.
gbabiiŋnhockey
gbagaansaddle bags
gbak gbak gbakadv.slowly (movement of tortoise or duck)Gʋlʋŋmʋlʋŋ bɩ wuo faasaa vɛŋ. Ʋ yie vɩvɛŋ gbak gbak gbak.The tortoise cannot move quickly. It always goes very slowly.
gbalɩamɩŋnfresh pod of bean
gbambiiŋnseed of calabash
gbampumuŋnunopened calabash
gbampʋlancalabash used for drinking water5.1Household equipment
Gbanchaanɛnmonth of rains and sunshine (end of rains, roughly September)8.4.1Period of time8.4.1.4Month