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pimeja in sitelen pona
pimeja in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈpi.me.ja/ 🔊 🔊/j/ sounds like English Y, as in "fjord" or "hallelujah".
Usage 2023: Core (100% ↗︎ )
2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥏 U+F194F

pimeja is a core content word used for any dark color, especially those approaching black.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word pimeja is derived from Finnish pimeä, meaning "black".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

THe semantic space of pimeja includes dark colors, as an antonym to walo. It may also refer to darkness, as in the lack of illumination, an antonym of suno, and can be used to describe unlit spaces and shadows.

tenpo pimeja la mi lape

tenpo pimeja la mi lape.

In the night [dark time], I sleep.

The night or nighttime may be described simply as pimeja, as speakers may see tham as a kind of darkness rather than a period of time.[2]

pu[edit | edit source]

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

ADJECTIVE  black, dark, unlit

ku[edit | edit source]

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

dark5, black5, darkness5, shadow3, shade3

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for pimeja (󱥏) is derived from the triangle radical with a diagonal cross inside, possibly from the glyph for ala. It represents the absence of light, and possibly also the effect of low light on color visibility.

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. Lang, Sonja (2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 328.

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