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Mustelids (clockwise from top left): skunk, red panda, raccoon, wolverine
Mustelids (clockwise from top left): skunk, red panda, raccoon, wolverine
Pronunciation /ˈ sounds like English Y, as in "fjord" or "hallelujah".
Usage 2023: N/ACaution: This word has not been surveyed for. Most speakers likely don't understand it.
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kijetesantakalu is a common pre-pu word and nimi ku suli describing raccoons and other procyonid animals. It was coined by Sonja Lang as an April Fools' joke in 2009. It is by far the longest Toki Pona word currently in use. Due to the word's length, it is often pronounced with secondary stress on the syllable ta, or more rarely ka or san.[1]


nimi kijetesantakalu li tan nimi kierteishäntäkarhu pi toki Sumi. nimi ni li tan kierteinen ("jo e sike"), li tanhäntä ("palisa monsi"), li tan karhu ("soweli monsuta").

selo kon

Sonja Lang originally defined kijetesantakalu as "any animal from the Procyonidae family, such as raccoons, coatis, kinkajous, olingos, ringtails and cacomistles".[2]

As of announcing the word, Lang was undecided on whether to include red pandas as kijetesantakalu. She resurfaced the issue on ma pona pi toki pona in 2021, suggesting that the semantic space expand to cover the Musteloidea superfamily,[3] which also includes weasels, otters, martens, badgers, and skunks.

Reconstruction of Sinosauropteryx, a dinosaur likened to present-day {{{1}}}

Some speakers expand the semantic space of kijetesantakalu further to include other animals, such as the Japanese raccoon dog, and Sinosauropteryx, a small, chestnut-colored dinosaur with feather patterns of a bandit-like mask and a striped tail.[4]

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For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as kijetesantakalu:[5]

procyonid3, Musteloidea2

musi ala

jan pi mute lili li toki e ni: kijetesantakalu li suli tawa kulupu pi toki pona li musi ala. jan ni li lili e nimi tawa “kijete” anu “kije”. jan li nimi open e nimi ni li ken lili e ona. jan mute li jo e ante toki pi musi ona.

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sitelen pona

Glyph decipting a raccoon sitting down
Glyph designed by jan Same, used in {{{1}}}

The most recognized sitelen pona glyph for kijetesantakalu (󱦀) was designed by jan Same in 2019. It won a glyph design contest for the font linja pona,[6] and spread from there. The glyph is featured in the Esperanto edition of Toki Pona: The Language of Good.

sitelen ante li lon. ken la jan pi mute lili li kepeken ni:

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sitelen sitelen

The current sitelen sitelen glyph for kijetensatakalu was designed by jan Saki in 2021.[7][8] jan Pensa and palisa jelo Natan have also created proposals for a full-body variant, inspired by the sitelen pona glyph.


Sonja Lang coined kijetesantakalu as an April Fools' joke in 2009. In the interim, she forgot about the word and did not remember it upon hearing it used in a voice chat. She was surprised that it became so popular.[9]

o lukin kin

tan sona

  1. jan Pensa [@jpensa]. (6 tenpo mun #7 2021). [Message posted in the #sona-kulupu channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord.
    I pronounce kijetesantakalu with accent on...
    (Multiple allowed)
    (n = 43)
    ki 28
    je 9
    te 3
    san 9
    ta 20
    ka 13
    lu 1
  2. Lang, Sonja (1 April 2009). "New official word / Nova oficiala vorto". Toki Pona Forums. Retrieved 2 October 2023.
  3. jan Sonja [@sonjalang]. (26 tenpo mun #1 2021). [Message posted in the #toki-pona channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 5 tenpo mun #11 2023. "we should seriously consider broadening kijetesantakalu from procyonid to Musteloidea, as per the footnote in the original kijetesantakalu announcement".
  4. the spiders [@neonpixii]. (31 tenpo mun #8 2021). [Informal poll posted in the #sona-kulupu channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 5 tenpo mun #11 2023. "sinosauropteryx li ken ala ken kijetesantakalu".
  5. Lang, Sonja. (18 tenpo mun #7 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 248.
  6. James Flear. (12 tenpo mun #7 2019). "toki! After a week of voting, I present to you **the winners of the *“New sitelen pona glyph contest”.***". Facebook. Archived from the original on 9 tenpo mun #8 2023. Retrieved 28 tenpo mun #11 2023.
  7. Gabel, Jonathan (5 September 2021). Designing glyphs - sitelen suwi pi nimi ku suli. Archived from the original on 2 June 2023. Retrieved 11 October 2023.
  8. lon Jawin (6 October 2021). "pali len pi sitelen sitelen pi nimi ku suli". In lipu tenpo nanpa toki (in Toki Pona). lipu tenpo.
  9. jan Sonja, jan Lakuse, et al. (8 April 2024). "Toki Pona: From Personal Art Project to Small World Language". University of Colorado Boulder. (transcript). p. 14.


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