A’iki

Glyph of the word 'a'iki'.

a’iki

  • (n.) coral reef

I a’iki kavi pe.
“There’s a large coral reef there.”

Notes: A’iki is certainly an older word, and its iku is one of those that defies exact description. It’s, of course, built off the iku for “white”, a’i, but there’s no etymological relationship between the two. It features the “ground” determinative (used with places and locations), and it also kind of looks like a coral reef, but that could just be me. So it might’ve been an ikuleyaka, but usually those don’t have any phonological component.

Hey, apropos of nothing, if you want to see something good, check out the latest series at the Kēlen Word of the Day blog. Sylvia’s translated “The Jabberwocky” into Kēlen and is discussing the translation line by line. I never thought of the “slithy toves” as lizard, but that’s part of the fun!

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One Response to “A’iki”

  1. Ka kavaka Anthony Docimo ti:

    It does look like a part of a reef. Perhaps the association (“reef” & “white”) came from seeing a dead body of coral, which is white.

    thanks for the link. very cool work there. (and here)

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