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pipi in sitelen pona
pipi in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈpi.pi/
Usage 2023: Core (99% ↗︎ )2022: Core (98%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥑 U+F1951

pipi is a core content word relating to insects.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word pipi is derived from Acadian French bibitte, meaning "bug, critter".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of pipi includes bugs and similar critters. Like other animal words, the exact details of what are and are not pipi is based more on vibes than technical categories such as insects. Some Tokiponists such as lipamanka have attempted to define pipi in terms of physical characteristics such as size, number of legs, and texture.[2]

pu[edit | edit source]

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

NOUN  bug, insect, ant, spider

ku[edit | edit source]

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

bug5, insect5, spider3

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for pipi (󱥑) represents an insect with two eyes and six legs, drawn with a thinner body to distinguish it from akesi.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

The sitelen sitelen word glyph for pipi (pipi) represents a stylized head of an insect, with three eyes and mandibles similar to sharp teeth protruding from its mouth.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". tokipona.org. Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary". lipamanka.gay.
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 330.

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