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hand, arm, tactile limb, grasping limb; (number) five

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semantic space · lipamanka

luka is an organ capable of manipulation, or a part of said organ. For example, an arm is a luka, and so is a hand, fingers, even elbows. The main part is that it interacts with other things. If a cat's paw is swiping at me, I might use luka to describe it, but if it's just walking on it I might not (see: noka), but I still could. So, it's possible for one organ to be both a luka and something else in different contexts. The prehensile tails of some monkeys could be luka too, especially while they're using them, but the only thing something needs in order to be a luka is an innate ability to interact with objects. luka can also be used as a verb to refer to this interaction with its direct object, which could be touching, petting, pressing, pulling, holding, hugging, grasping, playing an instrument, etc. I'm sure you can thing of other things it could mean! luka is also commonly used to describe talking using a signed language.

ku translations

hand100, arm68, five64, wrist50, touch33, palm32, handful29, gesture27, tap26, elbow25, reach25

pu verbatim

NOUN arm, hand, tactile organ



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found in pu

coined pre-pu


Serbo-Croatian · рука ruka ‘hand, arm’

coined by jan Sonja

sitelen pona


pictogram of a hand

sitelen sitelen

luka sitelen sitelen

sitelen jelo


sitelen Emosi




kala Asi

jan Lakuse

luka pona

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