|Usage||2023: Core (99% ↗ )|
2022: Core (98%)
|Book and era||nimi pu|
|Part of speech||Content word|
uta is a core content word relating to the mouth and jaw.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Semantic space[edit | edit source]
The semantic space of uta includes any and all parts of the mouth and jaw, such as the lips, teeth, tongue, and throat. As a transitive verb, it may refer to the act of interacting with something using the mouth, such as placing one's mouth, kissing, licking, biting, or chewing.
It may be used to indicate verbal communication (toki uta), instead of written (toki sitelen) or signed (toki luka).
pu[edit | edit source]
NOUN mouth, lips, oral cavity, jaw
ku[edit | edit source]
mouth5, bite2, chew2, lip3 , kiss3 , jaw3
sitelen pona[edit | edit source]
The sitelen pona glyph for uta represents an open mouth. The dot placed below, sometimes omitted by speakers, is to help distinguish glpyhs derived from the mouth radical, such as moku (moku), from compound glyphs, luka uta (luka+uta). Derived glyphs include kalama, loje, and moku.
References[edit | edit source]
- Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.