Kuiki

Glyph of the word 'kuiki'.

kuiki

  • (n.) seashell
  • (v.) to be pink
  • (adj.) pink

E kuiki nukoa hie.
“The meat is still pink.”

Notes: The iku for kuiki is a modified version of yesterday’s iku, eu. The idea is that the word for “pink” derives from the color of the inside of certain shells, which are, indeed, pink (e.g. a conch shell). Also, the “meat” inside a shell is also pink. It seemed to me like a plausible way for a non-essential color term to come into the language.

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