Animals

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This is a description of animal words in Toki Pona.

Core and widespread words[edit | edit source]

akesi[edit | edit source]

akesi in sitelen pona
akesi in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈa.ke.si/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (99% ↗︎ )
2022: Core (98%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤁 U+F1901

akesi is a core word relating to herptiles, that is, reptiles and amphibians. Originally, it meant "non-cute animal", however, this sense was deprecated in Toki Pona Dictionary.[1]

kala[edit | edit source]

kala in sitelen pona
kala in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈka.la/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (99% → )
2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤔 U+F1914

kala is a core word relating to fish and other marine creatures.

kijetesantakalu[edit | edit source]

kijetesantakalu in sitelen pona
kijetesantakalu in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈki.je.te.san.ta.ka.lu/ 🔊 🔊/j/ sounds like English Y, as in "fjord" or "hallelujah".
Usage 2023: Widespread (75% ↗︎ )
2022: Widespread (73%)
Book and era nimi ku suli (pre-pu)
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱦀 U+F1980

kijetesantakalu is a widespread word and nimi ku suli relating to family Procyonidae.

jan[edit | edit source]

jan in sitelen pona
jan in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /jan/ 🔊 🔊/j/ sounds like English Y, as in "fjord" or "hallelujah".
Usage 2023: Core (100% ↗︎ )
2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤑 U+F1911

jan is a core word relating to humans.

pipi[edit | edit source]

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 word relating to bugs.

soweli[edit | edit source]

soweli in sitelen pona
soweli in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈso.we.li/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (100% → )
2022: Core (100%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥢 U+F1962

soweli is a core word relating to animals, specifically land animals and beasts.

waso[edit | edit source]

waso in sitelen pona
waso in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈwa.so/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (99% → )
2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥴 U+F1974

waso is a core word relating to flying and winged animals, including but not limited to birds. It also includes other animals, such as bats and pterodactyls.

Edge cases[edit | edit source]

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Since the semantic spaces of words often overlap and depend on the speaker, there are some edge cases for some animals.

  • Armadillos are perceived as scaly over fuzzy, leading to some people describing them as akesi over soweli, especially when using its armor as defense against predators.
  • Elephants and rhinoceroses are not particularly hairy and have thickened, scaley skin but tend to be described as soweli over akesi, a similar thing happens to hippopotamuses.
  • Ostriches and emus are unable to use their wings as a primary means of movement and have adapted to living on the ground while moving around very fast, leading speakers to describing them as soweli over waso.
  • Penguins are also unable to use their wings as a primary means of movement in air and they have instead adapted to swimming. They may be described as kala.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lang, Sonja (2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 13.