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kili in sitelen pona
kili in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (99% → )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤚 U+F191A

kili is a core content word relating to fruits and vegetables, as well as mushrooms.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word kili is derived from Georgian ხილი (xili), meaning "fruit".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of kili includes any edible part of a plant, be it fresh, fermented or preserved.[2] This includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, edible seeds, among other things. It also includes mushrooms, either edible or inedible (see also soko).

mi moku e kili 

mi moku e kili.

I ate a kumquat.

Figuratively, kili is also sometimes used for offspring. For example, a child (a descendant of any age) may be referred to as jan kili.

pu[edit | edit source]

In the "Official Toki Pona Dictionary" section, the book Toki Pona: The Language of Good defines kili as:

NOUN  fruit, vegetable, mushroom

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as kili:[3]

fruit5, vegetable5, apple5, kumquat3, fungus2, nut2, bean2, onion2, tomato2

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary".
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 249.

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