Toki Pona: Plants, kasi

Another exercise of working through all the possible two word combinations for plants.

Very Specific Plants

These plants might have a different meaning if you are in a different biome.  These plants names are mildly idiomatic and many follow from the English common name

  • Kasi akesi—venus fly trap
  • Kasi jaki—stunk cabbage
  • Kasi jelo—black eyed susan, goldenrod
  • Kasi suno—sunflower
  • Kasi kala—seaweed
  • Kasi ko—chicle tree
  • Kasi kute—Shelf fungus
  • Kasi uta—oral plant.  Toothbrush tree
  • kasi tempo – Four O’Clock Plant
  • Kasi kon—Spanish moss, air plants, bromiliads – maybe vine?
  • Kasi kule laso—blue dye plant. indigo 
  • Kasi kule loje—red dye plant. Beet,
  • Kasi loje—rose
  • Kasi pilin—mimosa, sensitive plant
  • Kasi pimeja—ebony, kohl
  • Kasi lape—poppy, valerium, chamomile
  • Kasi pini—cactus
  • Kasi pipi—spider wort
  • Kasi poka—boxwood
  • Kasi mani– money wort
  • Kala kasi kulupu — communal plant aquatic-creature– coral
  • Kasi palisa—devil’s walking stick
  • Kasi mun—moon flower
  • Kasi seli—fireweed (grow where there was a recent fire)
  • Kasi noka—willow
  • Kasi olin—love grass

Plant Categories

The phenomena of words that can be translated into a dozen similar English words is so common it should have a name, maybe ‘category words’

  • Kasi anpa—ground cover
  • Kasi ante—exotic, non-native plant
  • Awen kasi—root, tuber
  • Kasi insa— houseplant
  • kasi tomo – house plants
  • Kasi kiwen—iron plant (household plant)
  • Kasi len—cotton, flax, jute
  • Kasi lete—artic flora, moss
  • Kasi lili—algae
  • Kasi linja—vines
  • Kasi laso—blue-green alage, evergreens, blue pines, spruce
  • Kasi lawa—red wood, sequoya
  • Kasi moku—broad category, edible plants
  • Kasi moli—category of poisonous plants
  • Kasi luka—vine of some sort
  • Kasi lupa—house plant? Window plant?
  • Kasi ma–  Wild plants, uncultivated
  • Kasi mama– plants with genders (technical botanical jargon)
  • Kasi sewi—holly, oak (norse holy tree)
  • Kasi suno – sunflower
  • Kasi suwi – sugar cane
  • kasi tan – Yggdrasil
  • kasi tawa— Plants of the Parthenocissus  family, e.g. Virginia Creeper
  • kasi telo— lilly, or other plant that grows on top of water

Mildly Idiomatic

These words a reasonably smart person would be able to make up on their own and a reasonably smart listener could understand on first use.

  • Kasi jan—garden
  • Kasi suli—tree
  • Kasi kili—fruit tree, berry bush
  • Kasi kulupu—paracitic plant
  • Kasi mute—grass
  • Kasi pakala—invasive, weed
  • Kasi pana—fruiting plants, category
  • Kasi nena-plants that grow in mountains

Plant Parts

  • Lalwa kasi—terminal bud
  • Lipu kasi—leaf
  • Luka kasi—branch
  • telo kasi — sap

Strongly Idiomatic

These either are no more suggestive than the plain reading, eg. “kasi pona” good plant.  Or these are just not immediately suggestive of any particular plant, outside of arbitrary convention.

  • Kasi lipu– page plant, sheet plant, sheet tree, etc.
  • Kasi meli– female plants
  • Kasi mije– Male plants
  • Kasi monsi– Posterior plant
  • Kasi musi–  amusing plant
  • Kasi nanpa–  numerical plant
  • Kasi nimi– Name plant
  • Kasi oko–  eye plant
  • Kasi open- open plant
  • Kasi pali–  work plant
  • Kasi pona– Good plant
  • Kasi sama — Same plant
  • kasi toki – talkative plant
  • kasi tu—dual plant
  • Kasi unpa—sexy plant
  • Kasi utala—fighting plant
  • Kasi walo – white plant
  • Kasi wan – unified plant, singular plant
  • Kasi waso—birdy plant, avian plant
  • Kasi ijo– thingy plant, thingy tree
  • Kasi ilo – tool plant, mechanical tree
  • Kasi wili – desirable plant
  • Kasi wawa—powerful plant
  • Kasi kalama– noisy plant, musical plant, musical tree, etc.

I’ll work on filling in the missing thematic words later…interesting how a lot of common stuff looks like it will require a long word phrase and how some super rare, specific plant names have very obvious short two word names.

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