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suno in sitelen pona
suno in sitelen sitelen
Sunset silhouetting a streetlight
Sunset silhouetting a streetlight
Pronunciation /ˈ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (100% ↗︎ )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥤 U+F1964

suno is a core content word relating to the Sun and light.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word suno is derived from Esperanto suno, meaning "the Sun".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of suno includes the Sun. By extension, it means any source of light or light itself. It related to the brightness of an object.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

NOUN  sun; light, brightness, glow, radiance, shine; light source

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as suno:[2]

sun5, solar5, light4, sunlight4, bright4, shine3

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for suno (󱥤) represents the Sun, as a circle with 4 lines radiating out.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

Dongba symbol for "Sun"

The sitelen sitelen glyph for suno is directly borrowed from the Dongba symbol for "Sun", used by the Naxi people in sourthern China.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 353.
  3. Jonathan Gabel. (1 March 2012). "sitelen sitelen acknowledgements and etymology". Retrieved 29 November 2023.

Further reading[edit | edit source]