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lete in sitelen pona
lete in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈle.te/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (99% ↗︎ )2022: Core (98%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤦 U+F1926

lete is a core content word relating to coldness.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word lete is derived from Acadian French frette, meaning "cold".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of lete includes the quality of coldness.[2] It may also refer to raw or uncooked food and unprocessed ore. The antonym of this word is seli, which is related to hotness and heat.

telo li kama lete la ona li kama kiwen

telo li kama lete la ona li kama kiwen.

When water freezes, it becomes solid.

It is sometimes used to refer to north, as in ma Amelika lete ("North America"). This is somewhat biased towards the Northern Hemisphere, where going north leads further away to the warmer equator. However, it is reversed in the Southern Hemisphere, where going north leads closer to it. This usage was first attested in 2007.[3]

pu[edit | edit source]

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

ADJECTIVE  cold, cool; uncooked, raw

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as lete:[4]

cold5, raw3, frozen3, freeze2, cool2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for lete (󱤦) is an asterisk representing a simple snowflake. The rotation of the glyph is unimportant.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary". lipamanka.gay.
  3. John E. Clifford. (29 March 2007). "Re: A few questions". Toki Pona Forums. Retrieved 27 November 2023.
  4. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 265.

Further[edit | edit source]