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walo in sitelen pona
walo in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈwa.lo/
Usage 2023: Core (100% ↗︎ )2022: Core (98%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥲 U+F1972

walo is a core content word used for any pale or light color, especially those approaching white.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word walo is derived from Finnish valko-, the combining form of valkoinen, meaning "white".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of walo includes pale or light colors. While walo and suno can both be translated as "light", they mean different things. suno refers to light itself, and may modify and describe objects that emit light. On the other hand, walo refers to the lightness of a color alone.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

ADJECTIVE  white, whitish; light-coloured, pale

ku[edit | edit source]

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

white5, pale4

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for walo (󱥲) is derived from the triangle radical, with short lines extended perpendicular from the diagonals. It resembles the glyph for kule (kule), but with the interior of the triangle left completely blank, or, typographically, white.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". tokipona.org. Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 283.

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