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ka a Yammaninke word for ‘person’

kabaka a shortened form of kabajaka (pl: kabakalu) a person with the ability to control stone and/or other solid materials (thought to have died out centuries ago)

Kabadon the second day of the eight-day Dunian week, named for the mythical human ancestor Kaba from the Donkili, a day of work

kaban a Yammaninke adverb meaning 'already'

kafo (pl. kafonu) an endogamous occupation-based social class

kafoka (pl. kafokalu) a Yammaninke word used to refer to people of a kafo other than the koro kafo and/or individuals outside one’s own kafo

Kaigen a country occupying the easternmost part of the continent of Namindugu (the center of the Kaigenese Empire, home to most of Duna’s jijakalu)

Kaigengua the primary language spoken in the country of Kaigen and the Kaigenese Empire

kallaana a racial slur used to refer to white adyns, meaning ‘corpse’ in Yammaninke

Kama a respectful address for the head of the household (one’s fankama), one’s mentor (one’s jakama), or someone in a position of authority over the speaker, roughly equivalent to the English ‘Master,’ can be used as a suffix to a first or last name

kana 1) a Yammaninke negative imperative, similar to English 'don't' 2) a Yammaninke auxiliary verb meaning 'shouldn't'

kan 1) a Yammaninke noun meaning 'speech' 2) a Yammaninke preposition meaning 'on' or 'atop'

karanyang a simple bell-like musical instrument played primarily by female jaseliwu

kati a Yammaninke adverb meaning 'very much' or 'extremely'

kawa a Yammaninke auxiliary verb meaning 'should'

kayiri synthetic material similar to paper but fireproof and sturdier

Keleba the first and only war fought between Duna’s theonite superpowers, precipitated in 5291 when Daybreak Academy principal Oyeda Biida was assassinated along with several students, meaning literally the ‘Great War’

kele koro a member of the fighter kafo

kelen a Yammaninke word for 'one'

Kenduro the name of the Falleya Widower spirit

keneya a Yammaninke verb meaning 'to heal'

kera a Yammaninke auxiliary verb denoting the past tense when placed after another verb

Kiyaare a famous fictional superhero on Duna (called ‘Lady Sun’ in most Lindish translations)

Kiye God in the Yammanka religion of Falleya

Kiyedon the last day of the eight-day Dunian week, named for the Falleya God, Kiye, the day of temple

Kolunjara the capital city of Yamma

kodo the Yammaninke word for ‘north’

kono 1) a Yammaninke verb meaning 'to wait' 2) a Yammaninke noun meaning 'middle,' 'center,' 'core,' 'inside,' 'interior' or 'stomach'

kora a long-necked stringed instrument with a calabash body, played exclusively by jaseliwu

koro (pl: koronu) a member of the Yammanka warrior class that manipulates nyama through action

Koro a prefix for a member of the manga koro or kele koro kafo, similar to the English ‘Mr.’ or ‘Ms.’

koroden a diminutive address for a young member of the manga koro or the kele koro kafo

koroke a respectful address for a male member of the kele koro or manga koro kafo, roughly equivalent to the English ‘Sir’

Koronkalo the fifth month of the twelve-month Dunian calendar, named for Queen Koronkan Wagadu, the third queen of Yamma (roughly coincides with Earth’s November)

koroyaa a respectful address for a female member of the kele koro or manga koro kafo, roughly equivalent to the English ‘ma’am’

koyin a Dunian unit of measure about the width of a grown man’s thumb, roughly equivalent to one and a half Earth centimeters

Kri a mythical figure in the religion of Falleya, the first female human ancestor

Kribakalo the last month of the twelve-month Dunian calendar, named for the mythical human ancestor Kri from the Donkili (roughly coincides with Earth’s June)

Kudazwe a Dunian continent divided between two nations, the independent country of Kudazwe, and Kaigenese Kudazwe, belonging to the Kaigenese Empire

kuma a Yammaninke noun meaning 'word'

kumantigi the head speaker at a public event, a role typically given to the most senior jaseli in attendance, meaning literally ‘chief of words’

 

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