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sijelo in sitelen pona
sijelo in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈ 🔊 🔊/j/ sounds like English Y, as in "fjord" or "hallelujah".
Usage 2023: Core (99% → )
2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥛 U+F195B

sijelo is a core content word relating to the body.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word sijelo is derived from Croatian tijelo, meaning "body".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of sijelo includes the physical body or torso. It may also refer to non-physical representations of the self, such as an online user account. By extension, it includes to a form of an object.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

NOUN  body (of person or animal), physical state, torso

ku[edit | edit source]

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

body5, torso4, flesh3, physically2, form2, figure2, self2, physical2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for sijelo (󱥛) depicts a body, with a horizontal line and three perpenticular lines below it. It possibly repsents the shoulders on top, a torso, and two arms on the sides. The glyph is normally drawn with thinner, square proportions to avoid confusion with selo.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. pp. 399–340.

Further reading[edit | edit source]