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A Matoran Dictionary - Second Edition - Volume VIII

Posted by Tolkien , in linguistics, Long Entries, Bionicle, Matoran Language, Language and Etymology Nov 17 2013 · 531 views

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A Matoran Dictionary

2nd Edition



 |stm.|  1. (abstract) time; 2. timeline, progression, advance, headway [Variant forms: (ā > ō / __#), vah-]
vahi  |n.|  (Kanohi) lit. “time-thing” [vahi < vā-hī, from “(abstract) time” and the particle “thing, object, place”]
vahki  |n.|  judge, law-keeper; lit. “measurer of limits” [vahki < fā-hiki, from fā(n) “limit, barrier, restriction; roof/ceiling, sky” and hik “measurement, extent” (see entry) - FD: MN#3]
vakama  |n.cmpd.|  (the) future; lit. “movement of time” [vakama < vā-kama, from “time” and ka-ma “to move”]
vako  |n.|  species of Rahi-bull; lit. “part of stampede/charge” [vako < va-kī-ō, from “time; timeline, progression, advance, headway”, the particle “part, piece, portion of” and the nounal particle ō. The term is applied in reference to the behavior of vako herds]
valma  |vn.|  awaiting; lit. “seeking (a particular) time” [valma < vā-elma, from “time” and el-ma “to seek, search”]
valmai  |n.|  (archaic) place of awaiting; cursed place [valmai < valma-hī, from valma “awaiting” and the particle “thing, object, place”]
vamprah  |n.cmpd.|  always feeding/devouring; lit. “continuously made strong/satiated thing” [vamprah < vamu-pra-hī, from vamu “always, continuously”, the stem pra “strengthened, made strong” (variant of par, see entry), and the particle “thing, object, place”]
vamu  |adv.|  always, continuously [vamu < vā-amu, an adverb grammaticalized from the nounal complex vā-amu, from “time; progression, advance” and the particle amu “through, by (transitional-instrumental)”]
varian  |n.|  1. time-struggler; lit. “one who strives against time”; 2. prisoner; lit. “one who strives against bonds/limits” [mult. potential etymologies; one proposed etymology is varian < vā-ari-ān, from “time”, ari “striving, struggling; climbing” (variant of , see entry), and ān “being, individual”; another proposed etymology is varian < fā-ari-ān, from fā(n) “limit, barrier, restriction; roof/ceiling”, ari “striving, struggling; climbing” (variant of see entry), and ān “being, individual”]
vatuka  |n.|  (Rahi-) limited will-power [vatuka < fa-atu-ka, from fā(n) “limit, barrier, restriction; roof/ceiling”, atu “mind, will”, and ka “power, force, ability”. Applied to the elemental vatuka rock-creatures, in reference to their apparently half-sentient nature]
veli  1.  |vn./adj.| (archaic) awaiting, abiding; 2. |n.| (modern) riddle, secret knowledge [veli < vel-ī, from vel-, a contraction of earlier valma “awaiting” (vel- < vā-el- < vā-el-ma) and the nounal particle ī]
velika  |n.cmpd.|  1. powerful abiding/awaiting one; 2. riddler, keeper of secret knowledge [velika < veli-ka, from veli “awaiting, abiding; riddle, secret knowledge” and ka “power(ful), force, ability”]
vezo  |n./adj.|  double, twofold [etymology uncertain]
vezok  |n.|  duplicity, treachery; lit. “very two-faced” [vezok < vezo-ak, from vezo “double, twofold” and the intensive particle -ak]
vezon  |n.|  double, twin, doppleganger [vezon < vezo-ān, from vezo “double, twofold” and  ān “being, individual”]
vhiso  |n.|  scholar; lit. “desiring subtle-things/facts” [vhiso < fi-hī-sā, from fi “subtle, fine, cunning; web”, the particle “thing, object, place”, and the primeval stem “hungering, desiring”]
vhisola  |n.cmpd.|  excellent scholar [vhisola < vhiso-la, from vhiso “scholar” and the modifying particle -la “good, excellent”]
vika  |n.cmpd.|  cunning power/ability [vika < fi-ka, from the stem fi “subtle, fine, cunning; web” and ka “power, force, ability”. Variant form: vica]
vikan  |n.cmpd.|  one with cunning ability [vican < vika-ān, from vika “cunning power/ability” and ān “being, individual”. Variant form: vican]
vira  |n.|  1. wildly cunning; 2. sprawling web [vira < fi-ra, from fi ”subtle, fine, cunning; web” and ra “wild(ness), untamed”]
vis  |n.|  Rahi-spider; lit. “web-creature” [vis < fi-s, from fi “subtle, fine, cunning; web” and the Rahi-designation affix -s]
viso  |n.|  poison; lit. “spider-substance” [viso < vis-ō, from vis “spider” and the nounal particle ō]
visorak  |n.cmpd.|  poisonous scourge, menace [visorak < visou-rak, from visou “poisonous” and rak “extreme wildness, lawlessness, violence; menace, scourge”]
visou  |adj.|  poisonous [visou < viso-u, from viso “poison” and the adjectival particle u]
vo  |n./stm.|  elemental lightning [vo < vō, from the primeval elemental stem “elemental lightning”. Variant forms: vo-, vol (l-modified)]
vohi  |n.|  spark; discharge [vohi < vo-hī, from vo “elemental lightning” and the particle “thing, object, place”]
voho  |n.|  static, static charge [voho < vohi-ō, from vohi “spark; discharge” and the nounal particle ō]
vohon  |n.|  static/charged being [vohon < voho-ān, from voho “static, static charge” and ān “being, individual”]
vohta  |n.|  discharging/aggressive/volatile spirit [vohta < vohi-ta, from vohi “spark; discharge” and ta “elemental fire; spirit, being, essence”]
vohtarak  |n.cmpd.|  lit. “volatile/aggressive menace” [vohtarak < vohta-rak, from vohta “discharging/aggressive/volatile spirit” and rak “menace, scourge”]
voli  |adj.|  flickering, flashing, wavering [voli < vo-li, from vo “elemental lightning” and the primeval modifying particle li]
volitak  |n.cmpd.|  (Kanohi-) stealth; lit, “flickering/wavering spirit” [volitak < voli-ta-ak, from voli “flickering, flashing, wavering”, ta “elemental fire; spirit, being, essence”, and the intensive particle -ak]
volo  |n.|  vitality, energy (substance) [volo < vol-ō, from the l-modified elemental stem vol “elemental lightning” and the nounal particle ō]
vopo  |n.|  time-passing, age, erosion, entropy [vopo < vapo-, from “time” and “elemental stone” (with final ā > ō vowel shift), yielding a sense of “time’s effect on stone; erosion”]
voporak  |n.cmpd.|  lit. “scourge of time/entropy” [voporak < vopo-rak, from vopo “time-passing, age, erosion, entropy” and rak “menace, scourge”]
vor  |n.|  hunger, energy-draining [vor < vō-ūr, from vo “elemental lightning” and the particle ūr(u) “un-, negative, not” - FD: MN#1]
vorahk  |n.cmpd.|  lit. “devouring wild thing; devourer” [vorahk < vor-rahk, from vor “hunger, energy-draining” and rahk “wild/untamable thing” - FD: MN#1]
voriki  |n.cmpd.| (a) lightning bolt, shaft of lightning [voriki < vo-rī-kī, from vo “elemental lightning”, “wild, uncontrolled, violent”, and “part, piece, portion of”]
vorzakh  |n.cmpd.|  lit. “great restricting judge/law-keeper” [vorzakh < vor-zatahki-ak, from vor (< fā-oro, a compound of fā(n) “limit, barrier, restriction” and oro “word, unit of communication” in imitation of boh-oro, see entry bohrok), zatahki “judge, law-keeper” (an earlier form of dahki, see entry), and the intensive particle -ak - FD: MN#3]
vo-ya  |v.|  to conduct energy, flow (along), journey [From vo “elemental lightning” and the verbal particle ya]
voya-nui  |n.cmpd.|  great journey [From voya “journey, current” (nominalized from the verbal complex vo-ya) and nui “great, significant”]
vua  |n.|  great energy; power-reservoir [vua < vo-wa, from vo “elemental lightning” and wa “wide, great, large”]
vuata  |n.|  power source; lit. “essence of great energy” [vuata < vua-ta, from vua “great energy” and ta “elemental fire; spirit, being, essence”]
vuata-maca  |n.cmpd.|  power source and power distributor [From vuata “power source” and maca “power distributor”]
vultraz  |n.cmpd.|  bird of prey; lit. “predatory sky-wing” [vultraz < fultriazi < faol-tiri-azi, from the stem faol “sky, ceiling” (u/l-modified from fā(n)), tiri “wing, flat appendage”, and azi “violence, predatory” (variant of, see entry)]
wa  |adj./stm.|  wide, great, large
wahi  |n.|  region, place [wahi < wa-hī, from wa “wide, great, large” and the particle “thing, object, place”]
wai-  |p.|  possessive particle [wai < *uai, originally denoting an object as being possessed (by something). Variant form: -ui (see entry) - FD: MN#7]
waikiru  |n.|  (Rahi) possessing tusks [waikiru < wai-kiru, from the possessive particle wai (originally denoting possession of the object) and kiru “tusk, tooth”]
wairuha  |n.|  possessing wisdom [wairuha < wai-ruha, from the possessive particle wai (originally denoting possession of the object) and ruha “contemplation, stillness; wisdom” (variant of rua, see entry)]
whe  |n.|  underground [whe < uw-hī, from uw “under, lower, below” and the particle “thing, object, place”]
whenua  |n.cmpd.|  hidden/secret underground [whenua < whe-nua, from whe “underground” and nua “hidden, unseen, secret”]
-ya  |p.|  verbal particle [Variant forms: i...a, a...i (splitting+displacement)]
yi  |adv./stm.|  together, combined
yi-ya  |v.|  to collect, gather, bring together [From the stem yi “together, combined” and the verbal particle ya]
za  |n./stm.|  planning, tactic [etymology uncertain; undoubtedly related to the set of stem-forms zī, zē, zai “strategy, planning, scheming; violence; predatory” (see entry ). Variant form: xa]
zadakh  |n.cmpd.|  lit. “great judge/law-keeper” [zadakh < zatahki-ak, from zatahki “judge, law-keeper” (an earlier form of dahki, see entry) and the intensive particle -ak - FD: MN#3]
zahi  |n.|  plan, schematic, strategy [zahi < za-hī, za “planning, tactics” and the particle “thing, object, place”]
zakaz  |n.|  war-zone, extreme violence; lit. “violence of violence” [zakaz < zai-ak-azi, from zai “violence” (variant of , see entry), the intensive particle -ak, and azi “violence, predatory” (variant of , see entry)]
zakta  |n.|  very cunning spirit; lit. “spirit of great strategy/tactics” [zakta < za-ak-ta, from za “planning, tactic”, the intensive particle -ak, and ta “elemental fire; spirit, being, essence”]
zaktan  |n.|  lit. “one with a very sly/cunning spirit” [zaktan < zakta-ān, from zakta “very cunning spirit” and ān “being, individual”]
zali  |n.|  foreboding, premonition, sense of danger [zali < zai-el-ī, from zai “strategy, planning, scheming; violence; predatory” (variant of , see entry), the stem el “seeking/searching; detection, sense”, and the nounal particle ī]
zamor  |n.|  sphere [etymology uncertain; one proposed etymology attributes the development of zamor to a rarely-attested primeval form sferu (sferu > sefur > zevor > zamor), frequently appearing as part of a compound sferu-makna. The meaning of this term is uncertain, although it is found exclusively in texts related to the Great Beings. It does not appear to be Matoran in origin]
zaria  |vn.|  retaliation; counterattacking, counter-strategy [From the verbal complex zari-ya “to retaliate, counterattack”]
zari-ya  |v.|  to retaliate, counterattack [zari-ya < za-ari-ya, from za “planning, tactics”, ari “striving, struggling; climbing” (variant of, see entry), and the verbal particle ya]
zatth  |n.cmpd.|  (Kanohi-) summoning; lit “mind/will of authority” [zatth < zata-ath, from a primeval compound za-ta (later da) “authority, order” and ath, a heavily reduced form of atu “mind, will”]
ze  |adj./stm.|  empty, emptied out, drained [Variant forms: zi, se]
zemi  |n.|  absence, excavation; lit. “increasing emptiness” [zemi < ze-mi, from ze “empty, emptied out, drained” and mi “up, upward, rising”]
zem-ya  |v.|  to excavate, empty/hollow out [zem-ya < zemi-ya, from zemi “absence, excavation” and the verbal particle ya]
 |n./stm.|  strategy, planning, scheming; violence; predatory [Variant forms: zai, zē, zy, xi, azi]
zia  |vn.|  planning, schematic, engineering [From the verbal complex zī-ya “to strategize”. Variant form: xia]
zivon  |n.|  creature of violent energy [zivon < zī-vo-ān, from “strategy, planning, scheming; violence; predatory”, vo “elemental lightning; energy”, and ān “being, individual”]
zu  |adj.|  tactical [zu < za-u, from za “planning, tactics” and the adjectival particle u]
zya  |v.|  (archaic) to strategize, attack [zya < zī-ya, from “strategy, planning, scheming; violence; predatory” and the verbal particle ya]
zyglak  |n.cmpd.|  lit. “extremely treacherous/traitorous power” [zyglak < zy-kal-ak, from zy “strategy, planning, scheming; violence; predatory” (a variant of , see entry), the modified stem kal “power, force, ability”, and the intensive particle -ak]
|adj.| - Adjective
|adj.cmpd.| - Adjective Compound
|adv.| - Adverb
|aff.| - Affix
|n.| - Noun
|n.cmpd.| - Noun Compound
|p.| - Particle
|p.cmpd.| - Particle Compound
|pro.| - Pronoun
|stm.| - Stem
|v.| - Verb
|vn.| - Verbal Noun
|vn.cmpd.| - Verbal Noun Compound
Some entries are marked with FD “Further Discussion”, followed by a reference to a blog entry containing more explanatory content related to that etymology. The references are as follows:

NM - “Nameless Masks”

MN#1-X... - “Meaningless Names #1-X...”
LM#1-X - “Learning Matoran, Lesson 1-X...”

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Wow. Just, wow.

The whole thing is out now, as far as I know XD

Again, this is an amazing thing, Will. Excellent. This should count for something in Real Life beyond the still valuable personal gratification.
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Nov 24 2013 07:36 PM

Big respect.  Incredible.

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His primary interests include such -ologies as mythology, philology, etymology, syntax, and phonology, along with a healthy passion for historical linguistics binding all these bewildering fields together. Some less academic hobbies include reading classical literature and mythology, high and epic fantasy, science fiction, and the occasional Tolkien biography, as well as attempting (and mostly failing) to write fiction modeled after these genres.

In addition to these things, he also harbors the deep-set enjoyment of the Bionicle sets and storyline essential to any hapless LEGO geek who has made the decision to become a member of the BZPower community. Without it, he obviously wouldn't be here writing this, and you wouldn't be reading it. This fact is, in part, what inspired his lasting interest in the art of pixeling, a skill that he apparently isn't all that bad at, although you might never know it, seeing as his severe lack of motivation and excess of procrastination usually prevents him from producing anything much at all.


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= Some Writings =


Unknowledge [Review] - (Epic) Finalist in Epics Contest #7: Murder Mysteries. Unknowledge centers around the mysterious death of Toa Moihu and ensuing investigation by Toa Ros, interwoven with the quest to uncover the reality behind the dark nature of the Dedh-See Scroll. Ultimately, the truth that Ros discovers and is forced to confront may be darker than anyone could have imagined.

Judgement [Review] - (Epic) Judgement opens with a death sentence pronounced upon Toa Jor, watch-Toa of Metru Nui. It then follows the events leading up to this shocking scene, with the arrival of Toa Jovan, bearing grave news concerning the fate of the universe itself, as well as a plan to stop it.

Windows Through the Void [Review] - (Epic) Windows is a serial inspired by the old online serials of Bioniclestory.com. Serial 1 follows Takanuva, Toa of Light, as he journeys across the void to a world of dark trees and night, only to find that he must accomplish another task before his original quest can be completed.

The Time - (SS) A semi-mythic account of the origin of Avan, the first Matoran, in the Time Before Time--the Time of the Great Beings.

Despair - (SS) 1st Place winner of the 2010 Library Summer Olympics (SS category). "Despair" is a prequel to the epic Unknowledge, beginning with the arrival of a mysterious Toa in the city of Moa, deep within the Waste. His motives are unknown, as the nature of the dark Kanohi he wears. But the subsequent arrival of Toa Ros soon sets things in motion, leading up to an epic confrontation between hope and despair.

Dust - (SS) The Dark Hunter Devastator returns to Karzahni, his native land. He must find the Matoran called the Builder and retrieve a stolen tablet, but along the way his encounters with the crazed, broken Matoran and the dreaded Karzahni himself provide him with a sliver of new perspective in this land of dust and living death.

A Storm is Coming - (SS) Entrant in the (now stalled) Lesovikk's Hiatus contest. It tells the tale of Toa Lesovikk's three-day battle with a Rock Lion in a strange land where it never rains and the encounter he has there with the castaway Toa Jovan. Can Lesovikk find the strength to finish his task, or will the memories of his past defeat him? A storm is about to break.

Remember [Archive] - (SS) The Mountains of the Matoran are a strange place, but even stranger are the discoveries to be made within them. Two Agori venture deep into the heart of the mountains, and soon their plight becomes a struggle for survival as they try to escape the strange corridors of this dark place. But at the end of their journey lies a revelation more shocking than they could ever have imagined.

The Coming of the Toa - (SS) 3rd place Judges' Choice winner of Short Stories Contest #8. A glimpse into an alternate history of Bionicle, where something has gone terribly wrong. Kua seeks to discover what it is that the Matoran have lost, the darkness in their past. But can even he resist the power of the darkness that lies beneath?

The End - (SS) Nga-Ro has waited for so long in the darkness and cold of the ruined city. He has forgotten much. But now...even he must find the strength to resist the darkness of death and remember his duty. For the end has come...

The Sight - (SS) 1st place winner in the 2012 Flash Fiction Marathon (Visions Category).

The Power - (SS) 1st place winner of the 2012 Library Summer Olympics: Artistic Gymnastics Reimagine (Bionicle category).

Once Whole - (SS)

Hue #1471 - (SS)
Looming - (SS)

Static [Review] - (Co-authored Epic, OTC) Gold medalist in the 2012 Library Summer Olympics: Epics Unlimited Prompt Relay. Co-authored with Grant-Sud Rises, Velox, and Legolover-361.

Ever Up - (SS, OTC)

Long Day - (SS, OTC)
Beyond the Ridge of Tears - (SS, OTC)
The Trumpet Sounds - (SS, Blog)


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