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moli in sitelen pona
moli in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈ
Usage 2023: Core (99% → )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤷 U+F1937

moli is a core content word relating to death.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word moli is derived from Acadian French mourir, meaning "to die".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of moli includes death and killing. It overlaps with that of pini ("to end") and pakala ("broken"), but it tends to refer to irreversible damage.[2]

As an intransitive verb, moli means "to die". As a transitive verb, it means "to kill", as in "to cause to become dead".

soweli li moli e waso

soweli li moli e waso.

The animal killed the bird.

waso li moli 

waso li moli.

The bird is dead.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

ADJECTIVE  dead, dying

ku[edit | edit source]

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

death5, killing5, dead5, die4, dying4, kill4, deadly2, execution2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for moli (󱤷) represents a head with eyes crossed out.

An alternative glyph for moli (moli) removes the circle, and may also place the two eyes above a line, representing the mouth. It was designed by jan Lentan.[4] This variant is primarily used in pixelated fonts. The main glyph would require a horizontal resolution of 11 pixels to be legible, while this alternative takes only 7 pixels, fitting into a common 8-pixel-wide character cell with one pixel for spacing.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary".
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 287.
  4. jan Lentan [/dev/urandom]. "sitelen pona description and examples". lipu sona pona. Retrieved 25 June 2024. "mi pali e sitelen ni … Some of the alternate characters are my original designs – these are indicated with a small red triangle in the bottom-right corner.".

Further reading[edit | edit source]

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