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uta in sitelen pona
uta in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈu.ta/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (99% ↗︎ )
2022: Core (98%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥰 U+F1970

uta is a core content word relating to the mouth and jaw.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word uta is derived from Crotian usta, meaning "mouth".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of uta includes any and all parts of the mouth, oral cavity and jaw, such as the lips, teeth, tongue, and throat. As a transitive verb, it may refer to the act of interacting with something using the mouth, such as placing one's mouth, kissing, licking, biting, or chewing.

jan pi (pona sijelo) li toki e ni2   te o open e uta sina to

jan pi pona sijelo li toki e ni: "o open e uta sina".

The doctor said: "Open your mouth"!

It may be used to indicate verbal communication (toki uta), as opposed to written (toki sitelen) or signed (toki luka) modes of communication. Metaphorically, it may refer to any opening, such as of a hole.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

NOUN  mouth, lips, oral cavity, jaw

ku[edit | edit source]

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

mouth5, lip3, kiss3, jaw3, bite2, chew2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for uta (󱥰) represents an open mouth. The dot placed below, sometimes omitted by speakers, is to help distinguish glpyhs derived from the mouth radical, such as moku (moku), from compound glyphs, luka uta (luka+uta). Derived glyphs include kalama, loje, and moku.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. Lang, Sonja (2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 382.

Further reading[edit | edit source]