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heliŋnsquirrel (gen. term)
hemisivto yawnDoŋ nɛ kɛmmɛ mɩ hihemisi.I am sleepy and therefore yawning.
v1to be in or atƲ hɛ nɩmɛ.He is there.2to put in, addMɩ time bɩ yʋgɛ, hɛ moribiee pɩmɛ.My pay is not enough, give me more money.3to beg, ask forid. Mɩ bɩŋ hɛ a bʋl ŋ joŋo pɩmɛ.I did not ask you to give it to me, did I?4to allow, authorizeid. Mɩ hɛŋ dɩ ŋ laa mɩ time a kaa kɔ pɩmɛɛ?Did I give you permission to fetch my pay?5to form roots or tubersMɩ pɩaa ha bɩ hɛ.My yams have not form tubers yet.
hɛ dɔŋɔ lɛv phrcome togetherBa hɛ dɔŋɔ lɛ.They came together.
hɛ lɩɩŋidadd interestBa pɩmɛ chɩnnɩŋ nɛ aŋ hɛ lɩɩŋ.They gave me some loan and added interest.
hɛ niiŋidpromise
hɛ sɩɩidto do something seriouslyHɛ sɩɩ a dɛrɛ tɩntɩmɩɩ la.Be serious and finish the work.
hɛbʋbʋɔŋnshoemaker's neddle
hɛɛŋnsuffering, sorrow, burdenƲ kala ŋaa hɛɛ nɛ.He was very worried.2.5Health2.5.1Sick
hɛgɛmɩŋniron ore, dross
hɛɩv1to be hard (e.g.work)Pɛrɩŋ hɛyɛ.Farming is hard work.2to be bitterDaalusu la hɛyɛ.The medicine is bitter.3to be difficultNamaga la hɛyɛ kɩŋkɛŋ.The riddle is very difficult.4to be dear, expensiveƲ kɩaa yalɩŋ hɛyɛ.His prices are high.5to be hot (weather)Wɩa la hɛyɛ jɩnɩŋ.The sun is hot today.Ʋ tʋɔŋ hɛyɛ.He is hard-hearted.Ʋ wɩaa hɛyɛ.He is troublesome, cheeky.
hɛmɩŋn1arrow2nail, pin, injection needle2.5Health
hɛnɛn1small pot for soup2cooking pot with many compartments
hɛsɛnbad scent
hɛsɩŋnsmall fish (gen. term)1.6.1.5Fish
hɛsʋʋlʋŋnpoisoned arrow
hieripraise
hiesicfgbaakurivto gather up for disposalHiesi yaŋ la mʋ ta.Clear up the grass and throw it away.
higiv1to trim (wood)Higi daa la.Trim the wood.2to shudder (from exhaustion) cf. chel, vagɩLɩɩnyʋasʋŋ nɛ kɛmmɛ mɩ kala hihigi.I am so thirsty that I am quivering all over.
hiimiŋna small antelope1.6.1.1Mammal
hilimenmeeting, group
hilimicfgbaarɛvto gather, assemble, meetKʋhɩasɩ la kʋ hilimi dɩ ba kpaarɛ vʋɩŋ nɛ.The elders gathered together to sacrifice to the fetish.