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seli in sitelen pona
seli in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈ (listen)
Usage 2023: Core (99% → )
2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥗 U+F1957

seli is a core content word relating to heat.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word seli is derived from Georgian ცხელი (cxeli), meaning "hot".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of seli includes the quality of heat and and actions relating to it, such as cooking, baking, or a reaction that produces heat. Its antonym is lete.

It is sometimes used to refer to south, as in ma Amelika seli ("South America"). This is somewhat biased towards the Northern Hemisphere, where going south leads closer to the warmer equator. However, it is reversed in the Southern Hemisphere, where going south leads further away from it. This usage was first attested in 2007.[2]

pu[edit | edit source]

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

ADJECTIVE  fire; cooking element, chemical reaction, heat source

After the publication of the Toki Pona Dictionary, the definition was corrected and changed into a noun.[3]

NOUN  fire; cooking element, chemical reaction, heat source

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as seli:

fire5, heat5, hot5, burning5, flame5, burn4, warm4, warming3, bake2, temperature2, cook2, boil2, cooking2, tropical1

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for seli (󱥗) represents a fire starting off from a dot. The lines are sometimes analyzed as a variant of emitters, representing heat being given off.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. John E. Clifford. (29 March 2007). "Re: A few questions". Toki Pona Forums. Retrieved 27 November 2023.
  3. Lang, Sonja (2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 13.