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selo in sitelen pona
selo in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈse.lo/
Usage 2023: Core (98% → )2022: Core (98%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥘 U+F1958

selo is a core content word relating to the boundary or outermost layer of an object.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word selo is derived from Esperanto ŝelo, meaning "skin, peel", itself borrowed from English shell.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of selo includes the boundary, surface or outermost layer of an object. Some examples include skin, bark, shell, and peel, or more abstractly, an outline and perimeter. It may be further abstracted to a shape, form, and outer appearance.[2]

pu[edit | edit source]

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

NOUN  outer form, outer layer; bark, peel, shell, skin; boundary

ku[edit | edit source]

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

skin5, boundary4, surface3, peel3, outer3, shape3, layer3, outline2, edge2, external2, border2, frame2, margin2, shell2, barrier2, cover2, appearance1

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for selo (󱥘) seems to represent the inner and outer layers of an object as seen from a cross-section.

The glyph is typically written with wider, less tall proportions, to avoid confusion with the glyph for sijelo (sijelo).

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. jan Kasape (1 Novemeber 2023). "lipu tenpo li lon selo sin". In lipu tenpo nanpa sin. Retrieved 2 November 2023.
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 338.

Further reading[edit | edit source]