u [ù] pron.
a form of the 2nd pers. sing. that occurs as subject of a clause:
U rre nodẹ ― “You came yesterday.”
ube [úbè] n.
a variety of native drum beaten by women mainly in palace festivals.
ubi [úbì] n.
Ọ fi ẹre ubi ― “She gave him a slap.”
ubidọn [ùbìdɔ̃̀] n.
ubiẹmwẹn [ùbyɛ́mɛ̃̀] n.
ubo [ùbó] n.
a variety of creeper with large edible fruit.
ubọmwẹn [ùbɔ́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
(< u ― bọ ― mwẹn) the act of predicting through oracle.
udahae [ùdàhàe] n.
a string of coral beads worn across the forehead (as part of a ceremonial dress) by the Ọba and some senior chiefs.
Udazi [údazì] n.
one of the praise titles for the Supreme Being which refers to his identity as the “Giver of life”: “Osa n’Udazi.”
úde [údè] n.
a sickness that commonly afflicts infants, caused by the enlargement of the spleen.
ùde [ùdè] n.
Ọvbokhan na i họn ude ― “This child does not heed advice.”
udefiagbọn [ùdéfyagbɔ̃̀] n.
(< u ― de ― fi ― agbon) “one who dropped into the world: an orphan; one without friends or relatives.”^
udeguọghọ [ùdéguɔ̀ɣɔ̀] n.
(< u ― de ― guogho) “falling and breaking”: a term for a long string of coral beads worn to hang down around the neck.
udemwunrri [ùdèɱũ̀rì] adv.
suddenly; without warning:
Ọ ladian udemwunrri ― “He appeared suddenly.”
uderhu [údèřú] n.
(< u ― de ― rhu) “falling upon”: the name of a variety of hawk.
udẹn [údɛ̃́] n.
a liquid preparation made from palm kernels and used as body-oil.
udian [ùdyã́] n.
udienni [ùdyẽ́nì] n.
(< udian ― eni) “elephant tsetse-fly”: a variety of fly, larger than udian, (hence the name) and found mainly in the bush. Its sting is very painful.
udin [ùdĩ́] n.
the oil palm tree.
udinmwẹn [ùdĩ́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
1. being courageous;
2. courage, bravery.
udinmwinmwẹn [ùdĩ́ɱĩ́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
2. being deep.
udọnmwẹn [ùdɔ̃́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
1. being lean;
udu [ùdù] n.
udu n’ ẹko ― “heart of the stomach”: liver
udu n’ ohogha ― “the empty heart”: lungs (spleen)
ududu [ùdùdù] n.
a lump; a piece of compact mass (e.g. of chalk, clay, dough, etc.):
ududu-ugbe ― “a lump of earth thrown as a missile.”
ufemwẹn [ùféɱɛ̃̀] n.
1. being rich;
2. freedom; release from obligation or bondage;
3. recovery from illness.
ufomwẹn [ùfóɱɛ̃̀] n.
1. end; ending.
ufua [ùfwá] n.
a variety of yam which may be pounded even though it is white.
ugamwẹn [ùgáɱɛ̃̀] n.
1. Christian church service:
ugamwẹn owiẹ: “morning service”
ugamwẹn ota ― “evening service”
2. the act of serving.
ugan [ùgã̀] n.
the poles in a yam stack to which the yams are tied.
ugie [ùgyè] n.
1. a general term for palace ceremonies, (such as iguẹ; aguẹ; ugiama; ikhurhẹ; etc.);
2. a celebration.
ugiọnmwinbi [úgyɔ̃́ɱĩ̀bĩ́] n.
ugo [ùgó] n.
ugọngọn [úgɔ̃́gɔ̃̀] n.
1. the sharp edge of something:
Ọ ya ugọgọn-obọ fi ẹre emwin ― “He used the edge of his hand to strike him”: “^He struck him with the edge of his hand”
2. ugọngọn-iyeke ― “the spine.”
uguakpata [ùgwákpátá] n.
a special hair-cut worn only by the Ọba and chiefs in which all the hair is shaved except a curved strip at the top of the head around the face.
ugue [ùgwé] n.
Ọ ya ugue ẹre gue ẹre ― “He covered it with its lid.”
uguowẹ [úgwówɛ̀] n.
a very narrow path.
ugba [úg͡bà] n.
a kind of dance usually performed at second burial ceremonies.
ugbadiye [ùg͡bàdìyɛ̀] n.
(< u ― gbe ― adiyẹ) “that which kills chickens” a fatal disease of chickens.
ugbaro [úgbáɽò] n.
ugbe [úg͡bé] n.
missile; stone e.g. pebble used as a missile.
ugbefẹn [ùg͡bèfɛ̃́] n.
1. side of the body;
2. a flat side of anything other than the top surface:
Ọ mwanmwaẹn avbe iyan nii lele ugbefẹn ẹkpẹtin: “He arranged those yams along the side of the box.”
ugbemwẹn1 [ùg͡béɱɛ̃̀] n.
(< u ― gbe ― mwẹn)
ugbemwẹn2 [ùg͡béɱɛ̃̀] n.
(< u ― gbe ― mwẹn)
ugbeto [ùg͡bètò] n.
scissors (also alumagazi and etuheru).
ugbẹkun [ùg͡bɛ̀kũ̀] n.
Ugbẹkun [ùg͡bɛ̀kũ̀] n.
the name of a village.
ugbẹn [ùg͡bɛ̃̀] n.
De ugbẹn ne u ya rre ― “What time that you use to come?: When did you come?”
; (ugbẹn-eso) (cf. ugbẹnso).
ugbẹnso [ùg͡bɛ̃̀só] adv.
(< ugben ― eso)
1. sometimes; occasionally:
Ọ sẹ emwan ugbẹnso ― “He comes here occasionally”^
2. perhaps; maybe:
Nọọ ọnrẹn ghe, ugbẹnso ọ gha rẹn ọnrẹn ― “Ask him and see, perhaps he will know it.”
ugbẹrherhe [ùg͡bɛ̀řèřè] n.
a sickness of infants ― a condition clinically known as “displaced fontanel” (“^the fontanel is the membranous space in an infant’s head at adjacent angles of the parietal bones.”).
ugbidian [ùg͡bìdyã̀] n.
fly-whisk (also ugbudian).
ugbihan [ùg͡bìhã̀] n.
the blind side; a position in which one is unguarded:
Ọ la ugbihan miẹ mwẹn re ― “He came from my blind side to take it away from me.”
ugbo [úg͡bó] n.
Ọ mu ugbo vbe igue ― “He has a farm in the village.”
ugbogiorinmwin [úg͡bógyóɽĩ̀ɱĩ̀] n.
a mythical monstrosity believed to reside in the erinmwin; he is said to be very ugly and frightful; hence 2. a nickname for a deformed or very ugly person.
ugbogbogan [ùg͡bógbógã́] n.
a term for a person who is very difficult to work or live with.
ugboghodo [ùg͡bòɣòdò] n.
a depression on the ground; a shallow pit.
ugboloko [ùg͡bòlòkò] n.
ugborre [ùg͡bórè] n.
ugbudian [ùg͡bùdyã̀] n.
ugbugbe [ùg͡búg͡bè] n.
1. cross (in the Christian sense).
ugbugbe [ùg͡búg͡bè] adv.
Ọ mwanmwan erhan nii ugbugbe ye iba ― “He arranged the wood horizontally on the slab.”
ugbugbẹhia [ùg͡búgbɛhià] adv.
always; regularly; often:
Ọ sẹ òwa mwẹn ugbugbẹhia ― “He visits my house regularly.”
ugha [ùɣà] n.
1. a special section of the palace (in the form of a quadrangle) where the Ọba is buried and his shrine installed.;
ughaẹn [ùɣãɛ̃̀] n.
1. of a different sort:
Ughaẹn ọghomwẹn khin ― “Mine is of a different kind.”
ughanmwan [ùɣã̀ɱã̀] n.
ughanmwẹn1 [ùɣã́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
(< u ― ghaan ― mwẹn) being expensive.
ughanmwẹn2 [ùɣã́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
(< u ― ghan ― mwẹn) arrogance; haughtiness.
úghe [ùɣé] n.
1. a show; a performance (e.g. of dances or acrobatic display);
2. look; gaze; stare:
Ughe ne ọ ghe mwẹn re ma yẹẹ mwen ― “The way that she looked at me did not please me.”
úghe [úɣè] n.
the entrance into a village.
ughegbe [ùɣègbè] n.
mirror; 2. any object of glass:
ughegbe-aro ― “eyeglasses; spectacles.”
ughẹdẹ [ùɣɛ̀dɛ̀] n.
ugho [ùɣò] n.
a kind of dance.
ughọtọn [úɣɔ̀tɔ̃́] n.
the name of an Ẹdo coastal village which served as the port for the first European visitors to Benin. It is also known as Gwatto.
ughu [úɣù] n.
1. boundary line.;
2. line of demarcation between two properties:
Ọ kọ ivin ye ughu ― “He planted a coconut tree along the boundary line.”
ughugha [úɣúɣà] n.
ughughan [ùɣúɣã̀] n.
different types or kinds:
Emwin ughughan ẹre ọ viọ gie ima ― “Different kinds of things were what he brought us.”
ughughọn [úɣúɣɔ̃́] n.
ughunghunmwun [ùɣũ̀ɣũ̀ɱũ̀] n.
1. roots of large trees that appear as stumps above the surface of the ground;
2. tree stump.
uhae [úhàe] n.
Amẹ nẹ ọ rre uhae na hian gbe ― “The water in this well is very clear.”
uhaeso [úháesò] n.
a bird; swallow.
uhanbọ [úhã́bɔ̀] n.
bow (for shooting with an arrow ― ifẹnmwẹn).
uharo [úháɽò] n.
forehead (also ẹhae; ugbaro).
uhe [ùhé] n.
1. vagina; vulva;
3. the lower end of an object (esp. that with a normal vertical stance).
uhẹ [úhɛ̀] n.
the Edo name for Ifẹ.
uhi [ùhì] n.
Ọ rra uhi ― “He committed a breach of the law.”^
2. custom. (cf. iyi).
uhiamwẹn [ùháɱɛ̃̀] n.
struggling (coping with problems or difficulties); keeping up appearances.
uhiri [úhìɽì] n.
a variety of large ape; a baboon.
uhobo [ùhòbò] n.
the Edo name for the Urhobo people and their language.
uhukpa [úhukpa] adv.
Uhukpa ẹre ọ sẹ emwan ― “He came here only once”^
2. instantly; at once:
Ọ na wa sa eve rua uhukpa ― “She simply broke into tears instantly.”^
(usually with “nii” in this second sense).
uhuanmwẹn [ùhwã́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
1. cleanliness; neatness;
2. being clean.
uhunmwonva [ùhṹɱṍvà] n.
illness; sickness (usually serious).
uhunmwun1 [ùhṹɱũ̀] n.
Ọ mu ihẹ yan uhunmwun ― “She carried a load on her head”^
2. the top of; the upper end of an object:
Ọ tota ye uhunmwun eteburu ― “She sat on top of the table.”^
3. the important part of an issue:
uhunmwun ẹmwẹn ― “an important point.”
uhunmwun2 [ùhṹɱũ̀] n.
Ọ gie mwẹn uhunmwun ― “He sent me on an errand.”
uhunrun [ùhũ̀ɽṹ] n.
the last day of a period of 9 days; the 9th day.
Ọ khin uhunrun i ke ghi vbe miọọn ― “It will be nine days’ time before I see you again.”
ukata [ùkàtà] n.
a straw hat with broad rims.
uké [ùké] n.
a pad used as filler in special hair styles (such as okuku) to give the hair a fuller look.
ukè1 [ùkè] n.
a kind of merry dance which entails short quick steps and stamping of the feet.
ukegbe [ùkégbè] n.
Ọ mu ọmọ yan ukegbe ― “She carried the child on her laps.”
ukeke [ùkéké] n.
1. a piece of stick; a peg;
2. a pen.
ukẹn [ùkɛ̃́] n.
uki [ùkì] n.
ukiọnfọn [ùkyɔ̃̀fɔ̃̀] n.
uko [úkó] n.
calabash (usually used as containers for various household items)^: ukamẹ (< uko ― amẹ): “calabash of water”; ukedọlọ ― (< uko ― edọlọ) “calabash used for holding the muddy solution used for rubbing the walls and floors of the house; a calabash dish used for holding various liquids; etc.”
ukodo [ùkòdò] n.
a deep pot used for cooking soups and porridge.
ukohunmwun [ùkòhũ̀ɱũ̀] n.
ukóko2 [úkókó] n.
1. joint, angle:
ukoko-abọ ― “elbow”
ukoko owẹ ― “ankle.”
ukokọghọ [úkokɔ́ɣɔ̀] n.
1. a small calabash used for storing medicine.;
2. a casual term for the young breasts of an adolescent.
ukoni [ùkònì] n.
ukorobozo [ùkòɽòbòzò] n.
a variety of wild-fowl.
ukotin [ùkótĩ́] n.
a straight hair-pin used by hair-plaiters for parting hair.
ukọ1 [úkɔ̀] n.
1. messenger, delegate:
Avbe ukọ ne iran gie rre nakhin ― “These are the delegates that they sent down.”
2. (in contemporary use): Commissioners or Ministers of government:
Ukọ ne ọ gbaro ghe ẹmwẹn ígho ― “The Commissioner in-charge of Finance.”
ukọ2 [úkɔ̀] n.
Ọ kan mwẹn ukọ ígho ne i ma miẹ rhie nẹẹ ― “He blamed me for the money I did not have to give him.”
ukọnghọnrọn [ùkɔ̃́ɣɔ̃̀ɽɔ̃́] n.
a formidable task or difficult assignment; a stalemate:
Iwinna ọnrẹn khin ukọnghọnrọn ― “His case has become a stalemate.”
ukọnmwẹn [ùkɔ̃́ɱɛ̀] n.
Uku [úkú] n.
one of the praise-names for the Oba: “Uku-Akpọlọkpọlọ”.
ukugba [ùkùgbà] n.
2. disease: inflammation of the groin glands.
ukugbakẹghẹrẹ [ùkúgbakɛ̀ɣɛ́ɽɛ̀] adv.
1. always; all the time; at all times:
Ukugbakẹghẹrẹ ẹre ọ ya viẹ ― “He cries all the time.”
ukuoki [úkwoi] n.
a pad used for wedging a load on the head.
ukusẹ [úkúsɛ̀] n.
a musical instrument in the form of a round calabash rattle, played mainly by women.
ukhiọnfọn [ùxyɔ̃̀fɔ̃̀] n.
ukhiọnmwẹn [ùxyɔ̃́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
2. portion of; part, rather than whole:
Ukhiọnmwẹn ẹre ọ ru iwinna nii re ― “He only did a portion of that work.”
ukhú2 [ùxú] n.
the sprouting tip of a germinating seed.
ukhù [ùxù] n.
inheritance (also arevbukhu).
úkhuerhe [úxwèřè] n.
ùkhuerhe [ùxwéřé] n.
a low stool.
ukhuegbe [ùxwégbè] n.
ukhuẹn [ùxwɛ̃́] n.
the fibrous remains of the oil palm fruit after the oil has been extracted and the kernels shelled and removed. It is often used as fire-kindler or in the preparation of native soap.
ukhukhu [úxuxù] n.
the thick driedout bark of trees, usually gathered and used for kindling fire.
ukhukhu [úxùxù] adj.
individual varieties; different kinds (of things):
Ukhùkhu ehan ẹre ọ viọ rre ― “Six different kinds were what he brought”
ukhùnmwun1 [ùxũ̀ɱũ̀] n.
1^.^ sky (also odukhunmwun; iso);
Ọ hin ukhùnmwun bu ẹre ― “He climbed up to meet him.”
ukhùnmwun2 [ùxũ̀ɱũ̀] n.
1. medicine; drug; medication:
Ọ kpogho ukhùnmwun nẹẹ wọn ― “He mixed some medicine for him to drink”
2. magic charm:
Ọ ru ukhùnmwun osisi nẹẹ ― “He made a charm against guns for him.”
ukhúnmwun [ùxṹɱũ̀] n.
2^.^ the period of two months before harvesting season.
ukhurhẹ [ùxùřɛ̀] n.
a carved staff which constitutes part of ancestral shrines.
ukpa [úk͡pá] n.
1. lamp; lantern;
2. any artificial source of light, such as the electric bulb or a car light:
Ọ rhu ukpa yọ mwẹn aro ― “He beamed his lights (car-lights) into my eyes.”
ukpabọ [ùk͡pàbɔ̀] n.
ukpafẹn [ùk͡pàfɛ̃̀] n.
the floor drain or gutter in the quadrangle of traditional Edo houses.
ukpakọn [úk͡pákɔ̃̀] n.
ukparanmwẹn [ùkpáɽã́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
(also ukparo) a disease which is often described as “coated tongue”; symptoms include lack of appetite, fever, and constipation.
úkpewẹn [úk͡péwɛ̃̀] n.
a disease: palpitation.
ùkpewen [ùk͡péwɛ̃̀] n.
tip of the breast; teat; nipple.
ukpẹ [ûk͡pɛ́] n.
1. point; tip:
Ọ ya ukpẹ-olodẹ so ẹre ― “He jabbed it with the tip of a needle.”
2. beak; lips:
ukpẹ-ahianmwẹn ― “the beak of a bird.”
ùkpo [ùk͡pó] n.
ùkpo nọgberra ― “last year.”
úkpo1 [úk͡pò] n.
úkpo2 [úk͡pò] n.
1. paved road;
úkpo3 [úk͡pò] n.
Úkpo nọkhua ọ ye vbe eke ne ọ na winna ― “He is in a high position where he works.”
ukpogie [ùk͡pógyè] n.
rank order: ukpogieva ― “second”; ukpogieha ― “third”; ukpogigbe ― “tenth”; etc.
ukpogho [ùk͡póɣó] n.
2. a disease of the eye in which the eyeball is partially or wholly covered by a white blotch and thereby resulting in partial or total impairment of vision; cataract.
úkpokpo [úk͡pòk͡pò] n.
a staff; a walking stick.
ùkpokpo [ùk͡pòk͡pò] n.
trouble; harassment; nuisance.
ukpomobiẹ [ùk͡pómóbyɛ̀] n.
the name for the different varieties of sunbirds.
ukpọbian [ùkpɔ́byã̀] n.
a small variety of squirrel.
ukpọkhọkhọ [ùkpɔ́xɔxɔ̀] n.
“the beak of a chicken”: the name of a special hair style worn by the Ọba’s wives.
ukpọlọmwẹn [ùk͡pɔ́lɔɱɛ̃́] n.
2^.^ being large-sized:
Vbe ukpọlọmwẹn ọnrẹn a sẹ hẹẹ? “How big is it?”
ukpọn [ùk͡pɔ̃̀] n.
2. women’s wrapper: ukpenhe (< ukpọn ― ehe): the dressing used for menstruation.
ukpu [úkpù] n.
1. cup; drinking glass;
2. measuring cup (esp. for selling rice, grain, garri, etc.):
mwaan ukpu eva yọ ― “Measure two cups into it.”
ukpukpẹ [úk͡púk͡pɛ̀] n.
1. a kind of brisk dance in which dancers jog up and down to a fast-beat song and music. It is usually performed during second-burial processions, and thanksgiving processions by chiefs;
2. (fig.) an ordeal of going back and forth for a cause that seems endless:
Ke ne ọ ya gha khuọnmwin gha dee, ukpukpẹ asokito ẹre i gbe ― “Since he became sick till now, I have been going back and forth to the hospital.”
ulakpa [ùlàk͡pá] n.
red laterite soil considered good for house-building, but not for farming; “ulakpa n’ ogiekẹn” ― a euphemism for “the grave.”
ule [úlé] n.
a state of excitement, possibly generated by alchohol or other intoxicants.
ulelefe [ùlèlèfè] n.
ulẹ [ùlɛ́] n.
Rẹn ẹre ọ ban mwẹn vbe ulẹ ne ima rhiere ― “He was the one who finished first in the race that we held.”
2. flight (fleeing):
Ulẹ ẹre ọ ya kpaọ vbe ẹvbo nii ― “He went away in flight from that town.”
uloko [ùlókò] n.
ulọka [ùlɔ̀kà] n.
a kind of corn-cake eaten as a snack.
ulọmwan [ùlɔ́ɱã̀] n.
an order restricting the public from coming near certain locations where secret ceremonies are being performed.
uma [ùmà] n.
1. a secret meeting set up to plot against someone, or to decide on issues disapproved of by speaker:
Iran ya so uma nasọn ― “They held a secret meeting last night.”
umamwẹn [ùmã́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
being good or beneficial; progress:
Umamwẹn ẹvbo na ẹre ima gualọ ― “It is the good of this town that we seek.”
umaranmwẹn [ùmáɽã́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
a fable; a story about animals.
umẹ [ùmɛ̃́] n.
the red dye obtained from the camwood tree.
umẹwaẹn [ùmɛ̃́wã̀ɛ̃] n.
a wise person; an intelligent person.
umian [ùmyã́] n.
Umogun [úmõ̀gṹ] n.
the royal family of Benin; their sib greeting is “Lamogun.”
umozo [ùmõ̀zò] n.
umọbiẹ [úmɔ̃̀byɛ̀] n.
a woman who gives birth to many children; a very fertile woman.
umọbọ [ùmɔ̃̀bɔ̀] n.
1. a foster child;
2. any foster-relation (used with the term of the relative): umọberha ― “foster father.” umọbiye ― “foster mother”; etc.
umọdia [úmɔ̃̀dià] n.
the stretch of visible distance:
Ọ dee vbe umọdia ― “He is approaching in the distance.”
umọmọ [ùmɔ̃́mɔ̃̀] n.
umuadiyẹ [ùmwã̀dìyɛ̀] n.
(also umuọkhọkhọ) tiger-cat (also translated as “fox” by Melzian).
umuọkhọkhọ [ùmwɔ̃̀xɔ̀xɔ̀] n.
umwan [ùɱã́] n.
2. a measuring instrument.
umwẹn [ùɱɛ̃́ɛ̃̀] n.
umwọnmwẹn [úɱɔ̃ɱɛ̃̀] n.
equality; being equal:
Umwọnmwẹn ẹre iran ye ― “They are equal.”
uniẹ [únyɛ̃́] n.
a kind of hot spice, used in medicinal sauces.
uniẹrẹ [ùnyɛ̃́ɽɛ̀] n.
four days hence.
unu [ùnṹ] n.
2. generally entrance (esp. a narrow one) or access route into an enclosed area:
unu-odẹ ― “gate-way: the entrance.”
unuẹhẹn [únwɛ̃́hɛ̃̀] n.
(also uruẹnhẹn) a deep soup spoon used for scooping soup.
uremwẹn [ùɽéɱɛ̃̀] n.
uri [ùɽí] num.
uro [úɽó] n.
line; ordered fashion:
Ọ ya iran ye uro: 1. “He placed them into line: He made them orderly.”
urodẹ [úɽódɛ̀] n.
1. passage way;
2. the middle of the road:
Ghẹ mudia ye urodẹ ― “Don’t stand in the middle of the road.”
uroramẹ [úɽòɽámɛ̀] n.
a narrow drain; a gutter.
uru [ùɽù] n.
a big bulging narrownecked bottle, usually cased in wicker, and used for storing or selling palm-wine.
uruki [úrukì] n.
a magical or spiritual force that acts on people and thereby causes them to act in a contrary manner.
urhe [úřèé] n.
a kind of snail.
urho [ùřò] n.
1. gate; entrance;
ọ kie urho laọ owa ― “He opened the door and entered the house.”
urhomwẹn [ùřóɱɛ̃̀] n.
Urhonigbe [ùřònígbè] n.
the name of an Edo town.
urhu [ùřù] n.
Ọ se ivie ye urhu ― “He wears a coral necklace around his neck.”
Urhu ẹre la gbe ― “His voice is too loud.”
urhuabọ [ùřwábɔ̀] n.
(< urhu ― abọ): “neck of the hand”: wrist.
urhuaro [ùřwàɽò] n.
(< u ― rhu ― aro) “that which blinds the eye”: a variety of cactus whose sap is believed to cause blindness.
urhuawẹ [ùřwáwɛ̀] n.
(< urhu ― owẹ) “neck of the leg”: ankle.
urhukpa [ùřùkpà] n.
urria [úryà] n.
Urria ọ ke dee ― “It is from a far distance that he is coming.”
urrisẹ [ùrísɛ̀] n.
(< urro ― isẹ) “the tray of isẹ”: the portions of the wooden frame of the isẹ game in which seeds gained in the course of a game are kept. (also ogi-urrisẹ).
urro [ùrò] n.
a flat wooden tray with a rim used as a kitchen implement. Soup ingredients are ground on it by means of a wooden dumb-bell: ovbi-urunmwun.
Usama [úsàmá] n.
a site at the Ọlọtọn quarter used for some of the ceremonies of the Oba’s coronation.
usana [ùsáná] n.
use [ùsé] n.
assistance (mainly in the form of physical labour) which used to be rendered reciprocally and mutually among neighbours.
Use [ùsè] n.
the name of an Edo village.
Uselu [ùsèlú] n.
the quarter of Benin where the Edaikẹn has his court.
usẹ [ùsɛ́] n.
1. poverty; destitution:
Ọ kpẹre ne usẹ ke sọe ― “It is a long time since he has been stricken by poverty”^
2. general want:
usẹ-ígho ― “want for money”
usẹ-ọmọ ― “want for children”
usẹn [ùsɛ̃́] n.
a period of five days:
usiẹnre (usẹn-ẹre): “five days hence.”
usi [ùsì] n.
usi [ùsí] n.
usie [ùsyé] n.
a nickname for a very dark complexioned person.
usimwọngbẹn [úsiɱɔ̃̀gbɛ́] adj.
numerous; very many:
Usimwọngbẹn ẹvbo ẹre ọ rre: “The people who came were numerous.”
usun [ùsṹ] n.
1. things or people arranged in a file or row:
Iran ya usun dee ― “They are coming in files”
2. some, from among a crowd; a portion (of a large number of people or things).
Usun vbọ maa; enikẹre i maa ― “Some of them are good, the others are not.”
usunbunmwẹndin [úsṹbṹɱɛ̃̀dĩ́] n.
the remains of the oil-palm bunch after the fruits have been removed.
usunsẹn [ùsṹsɛ̃̀] adv.
(< usẹn ― usẹn) every five days.
utete [útètè] n.
a low hill.
utianmwẹn [ùtỹã́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
utọmwẹn [ùtɔ́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
utọnyotọ [ùtɔ̃̀yòtɔ̀] n.
(< u ― tọn ― ye ― otọ) “what is dug in the ground”: a big drinking-pot buried to the rim in the ground in order to keep the water cool.
utukpumwenrhan [útúkpúɱẽ̀řã́] n.
a low tree stump.
utumwẹn [ùtúɱɛ̃̀] n.
utun [ùtṹ] n.
uvẹ [ùvɛ̀] n.
uvianmwẹn [ùvyã́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
1. complaints and regrets (usually about what one lacks or needs); (also ovian);
2^.^ the act of making such complaints.
uviẹn [úvyɛ̃̀] n.
line, file; row:
Ọ mwamnwan ibieka nii ye uviẹn ― “He arranged the children in a line.”
uviẹmwẹn [ùvyɛ́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
2. lamentation (e.g. for the dead). (also eve).
uvun [ùvṹ] n.
uvun-ehọ ― “ear passage”: the pierced hole on the ear-lobe for ear-rings
uvun-ihue ― “nostril.”
uvbemwẹn [ùʋéɱɛ̃̀] n.
scarcity; limited supply.
uvbi [ùʋí] n.
1. a girl or woman of royal birth.;
2. a young woman: miss (also ọvbokhan-uvbi).
uwa1 [ùwà] pron.
a form of the 2nd pers. pl. pronoun.: you pl.
uwa2 [ùwà] n.
prosperity; well-being; affluence.
uwanmwẹn [ùwã́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
uwanmwẹn-ẹdẹ ― “day-light”; “the brightness of the day.”
; 2. growing; development; 3. wisdom.
uwawa [ùwàwà] n.
cooking clay-pot (usually used for making soups).
uwaya [úwáyà] n.
uwẹ [ùwɛ̀] pron.
a form of the 2nd pers. sgl. pronoun: you.
uwẹnrhiẹn [úwɛ̃̀řyɛ̃́] n.
uwẹnrhiọntan [úwɛ̃̀řyɔ̃́tã̀] n.
(< uwẹnrhiẹn ― ọtan) “squirrel’s whip”: a plant: Glyphaea laterifolia.
uwoha [úwóhà] n.
(< uwu ― oha) in the thick of the jungle; inside the bush.
uwowà [úwówà] n.
(< uwu ― owa) within the house; indoors (as against outside).
Ọ la uwowa ― “He went indoors.”
uwowá [úwówá] n.
(< uwu ― owa) within the shed:
Ọ rre uwowa ― “It is inside the shed.”
uwọnmwẹn [ùwɔ̃̀ɱɛ̃̀] n.
native soup, used for eating meals like ema, ẹbae, akasan, etc.
uwú3 [úwú] n.
1. the inside of a thing (esp. a container or vessel);
uye [ùyè] n.
a ditch; a pit.
uyẹngbe [ùyɛ̃̀gbè] n.
uyẹngbe-emuẹn ― “ash-tray.”
uyẹnghẹn [úyɛ̃̀ɣɛ̃́] n.
a variety of brown rat with white stripes down its back.
uyi [úyì] n.
Iran rhie uyi ẹre nẹẹn ― “They accorded him the honour that was due to him.”
uyinmwẹn [ùyĩ́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
1. behaviour; conduct; manner:
Uyinmwẹn ọnrẹn i ma ― “Her conduct is not good.”
2. custom; tradition:
uyinmwẹn Ẹdo: “Ẹdo custom.”
uyunmwun [ùyũ̀ɱũ̀] n.
dry season ― from December to early April.
uza [ùzà] n.
destructive mischief; damage.
Uzama [ùzámà] n.
the council of seven chiefs made up of: Oliha, Edọhẹn, Ezọmọ; Ẹro; Ehọlọ n’Irre, Ọlọtọn and Edaikẹn.
uzekhae [ùzèxàe] n.
a sandy heap; a sandy play-ground (for children).
uzẹbu1 [ùzɛ̀bú] n.
(of ígho) counterfeit money.
Uzẹbu2 [ùzɛ̀bú] n.
the quarter in Benin where the court of Chief Ezọmọ is.
uzẹmwẹn [ùzɛ́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
uzọla [úzɔ̀lá] n.
week (cf. izọla).
uzuanmwẹn [ùzwã́ɱɛ̃̀] n.
displaying (often brazenly) the desire for other people’s food.