L E P/The physical world

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Lexical Expansion Project

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burrow (n. or v.) (C)

The animal burrowed into the ground.
We hid from the thanator in a burrow.
Might be derived from simple "dig". [1]

cave (n) (C)

soil (n.) (B)

Plants will not grow in this soil.

spring, source (B)

The water from the spring was very cold.

waterfall, cascade ()

might these be verbs?

ice ()

ocean (B)

coast (B)

water (A)

pay? might fresh water, salt water, and hot water be diff. roots?

drop (n and v) (B)

Little drops (of water or another fluid) were sparkling in the sunlight.
The water slowly drops from one leaf to the next one.

sink, drainage ()

opposite of a spring, as in karst terrain

mist, vapor, fog, steam (B)

steam from cooking diff. from mist over forest?

dew (C)

volcano (C)

lava (C)

earthquake (C)

fumes ()

of volcano

types and nature of fire and flames (A)

raging inferno, steady flame, smoldering coals or embers, sparks, popping sounds etc.

smoke ()

of cooking fire

ash (C)

of volcano != of a fire?

glass ()

breeze ()


plains, prairie ()

is tei from the game correct? (sg. txei?)

desert (B)

lake (B)

sea (B)

seismic fault (C)

sand, sand dune ()

hill, mountain, peak (A)

gravel (C)

river/lake/sea bed (C)

bank (steep/grassy), shore, beach (sandy/gravel) (C)

wave, surf ()

a/to splash ()

effect of rain or rock dropped in water

sand bar, reef ()

mud flat ()

mud, dirt (B)

valley (B)

wax, waterproofing ()

sealing wax, candle wax, ear wax, ect. (any biology likely to have it, but not all the same concept?)

oil, tar ()

meander ()

of a river, floating mountains

arch ()

incl. rock arches near mag. pole

to float (B)

diff words cloud in sky, floating mountain, leaf on water? rock in air = fish in water?

swim (A)

on surface vs. under water : or is this just "fly in water"? (does the verb change per the medium? is swim on water same verb as run on land?)

dive (C)

same as 'to duck'? cf. swoop when in the air like toruk vs. dive like sea otter when swimming on surface vs. plunge from air into the water like skua

steep (B)

slope, mild grade, rolling terrain ()

deep (A)

shallow (A)

marsh, swamp (B)

pattern, wood grain (B)

Your bow has a beautiful pattern.
This could be extended metaphorically to many sorts of order and pattern.

geometrical shapes (A)

circle, square, triangle, sphere, box etc.; line, row
which shapes do the Na'vi have no name for? or that the Na'vi have names for, but we don't?

echo (C)

echo of a crack or a shout (usually larger distances)

curved (B)

a curved dagger

slippery (B)

about a surface

meteorology & astronomy

month, week ()

season (A)

which are the seasons? winter/spring/summer/fall? dry/dust/rain/monsoon? Kent-illuminated night/dark nights?

zenith, nadir (C)

horizon (B)

moon ()

other moons of Polythemus

Kent (Alpha Centauri B) ()

more than a moon, not quite a sun. maybe hi`tsawk ?

planet ()

other planets in the sky, assuming they're distinct from stars

Polyphemus ()

perhaps < Cameron

cloud (B)

storm (A)

thunder, lightning (B)

might these be verbs?

phases of Polyphemus and moons (C)

meteor, bolide, shooting star (C)

aurora ()

weather, climate (C)

The weather is no good for hunting today.
Chinese just uses the word for sky, 天, and Greek splits it between sky and the upper air (ἀήρ).

eye of Polyphemus ()

overcast, cloudy (A)

clear (of the sky) (A)

Could either describe the sky or the weather. A noun in some languages.

shadow, shade (A)

Is that a great leonopterix shadow I see?
Let's rest in the shade of this tree.

to rise / to set (of a sun/planet) ()

How is the rising of a sun or the planet called? *tawkä? Is kllkä also for suns/planets (or only for things falling onto the ground)? In English the sun sets, in French it goes to sleep, in German and Japanese it sinks down ... How about Na'vi?