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Pronunciation /ˈo.wan/
Usage 2023: N/A
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word
  1. nena tu li lon. nena lili li sewi. nena suli li anpa. nena lili li owan.
    mi kama e sewi pi nena ma la mi lukin e owan poka.
  2. jan anu ijo li pali ike li lawa la, ona li owan.
  3. a owan n li sama e a × 10n.
    jan luka tu wan owan luka tu wan li lon ma ali.

The word is from Chinese (huán). It is a reference to Méi Guāngdí's debate with Hu Shih. Méi stated,

Secondly, revive obsolete characters to enrich the vocabulary. … Words are markers of thoughts. Where there is no thought there is no word. … Thoughts grow with vocabulary, then words can be meaningful. Numerous words bear subtle differences. Everyone in the ancient times knew them, but later generations are ignorant of them for sloth and abandonment of study, so they cope with scarce words.


In fact, Méi falled into a hasty conclusion frequent among people who lack linguistic knowledge.

The word owan enables scientific notation. For instance, 6.6 × 10−34 is luka wan kiwen luka wan owan anpa mute luka luka tu tu. I believe that analogy is the spirit of toki pona.




Synonym of kisa (cat). From Shidinn vmiⲗ.