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fruit, vegetable, seed, mushroom

see also

kasi, moku, soko

semantic space · lipamanka

kili are fruits and vegetables, i.e. any part of the plant that is edible. These could be fresh. An apple is kili. These could be fermented. Kimchi and pickled onions are kili. These could be preserved. Strawberry jam and dried mango are kili. kili can refer to wheat seeds or other grains that haven't been ground up yet, but flour and bread don't fit well into kili's semantic space.

A minority usage of kili proposed first around 2021 online is a child or product. This borrows a cognative metaphor from a lot of European languages that sees familial relations as trees. While this could work, it is likely to be misunderstood by many speakers unless you build up this before before using kili like this.

ku translations

fruit95, vegetable94, apple82, kumquat42, fungus33, bean29, nut29, onion28, tomato27

pu verbatim

NOUN fruit, vegetable, mushroom


core · 99% usage

found in pu

coined pre-pu


Georgian · ხილი xili ‘fruit’

by jan Sonja


In post-ku 2021, metaphorical definitions for kili have been suggested, including but not limited to "offspring" and "product", and are moderately popular. It is not yet clear whether this will remain in use long-term.

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pictogram of a fruit, perhaps an apple

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