Common Lexeme

kelapa

Keywords: food, culinary, plants

Pronunciation (IPA): ╦łke.la.ba 
Part of Speech: term noun verb 
Class: pali 
Forms: kelapa, kelapas 
Glosses: coconut 

Description:

The term 'kelapa' is Common for coconut. Prior to the early modern period, there were many competing local terms for coconut, usually taken from local natlangs. The AXZ decided to standardize on 'kelapa', taken from Bahasa Melayu and Bahasa Indonesia and Commonised, which was a popular name used in Common in many areas where coconuts were still widely available following the Global Collapse. This is the word that has become established with educated speakers today. 

In a noun context, it refers to the palm seed used as a food source and its derivatives, as well as the flavor or smell of coconut. It is rarely used in a verb context but world be a pali verb meaning something like 'be a coconut'. I have heard it had idiomatic meanings in other parts of the world but I have not investigated further. The modifier firm 'kelapas' means 'like a coconut' or otherwise having qualities of a coconut, usually referring to flavour and smell.

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