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Εσωτερικός χώρος · κτίριο, σπίτι, δωμάτιο

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semantic space · lipamanka

A tomo contains objects meant to contain things being framed as living. Sometimes living is literal. A family of five is considered living, so their domicile can be considered a tomo. Sometimes living is a metaphor. A dollhouse can be considered a tomo if the hypothetical dolls it can contain are being framed as living, even if they aren't empirically alive. By calling a container intended for nonliving things a "tomo," a speaker is ascribing life to those objects. There's no animacy hierarchy in toki pona, so what is and isn't considered life is up to personal preference and doesn't impact mutual intelligibility.

ku translations

building100, house94, housing86, chamber85, home82, room81, shelter80, residence68, suite59, domestic58, structural54, structure53, facility50, residential50, establishment45, household43, apartment42, cabin42, station39, hall38, construction33, institute33, venue33

pu verbatim

NOUN indoor space; building, home, house, room


core · 100% usage

found in pu

coined pre-pu


Esperanto · domo ‘house’

Polish · dom ‘house’

Latin · domus ‘house’

Ancient Greek · δόμος ‘house’

coined by jan Sonja

sitelen pona


pictogram of a house. compare blissymbol “house”

sitelen sitelen

tomo sitelen sitelen

sitelen jelo


sitelen Emosi





kala Asi

jan Lakuse

luka pona

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