[tlhIngan Hol] expressing "thorns"

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Aug 26 10:54:41 PDT 2019

DuQ                                     stab,  pierce (v)
DuQwI'                               spike (n)
DuQwI'Hom                      (small) spike (n)

  moQDaq DuQwI'Hommey jej tu'lu'
  A brutally spiked pommel fastens the hilt together. SP2

(KGT 61):  A spike is a {DuQwI'} and the small spikes on the d'k tahg are usually called {DuQwI'Hommey} (little spikes).

(KGT 58):   A warrior's glove ({pogh}), also made of skin, had wide band around the wrist and sharp protrusions at the knuckles. If there was a special name for these protrusions, it is lost; they are now called simply {DuQwI'mey} (spikes).
DuQwI' pogh                     glavin,  spike glove (n)
(STEnc 114):  A traditional weapon on planet Ligon II, used in ritual combat. Resembling a gauntlet-length oversized glove, the end of the glavin has a large, vicious hook and is covered with poison-tipped spines. Tasha Yar fought Yareena with glavins [in 2364].  (TNG "Code of Honor")

(KGT 67):  Included in this category is the {ghanjaq}, often translated as mace, a club with a metal head, sometimes sporting spikes ({DuQwI'mey}).
pu'                                       spike (n)

(KGT 58):  On the toe of each high boot ({DaS}) … was a clawlike spike called a {pu'}. … In contemporary Klingon, the spike on the toe of a boot is always called a {DaSpu'} (boot spike), never {pu'} alone.
Other options:  *{pu’Hom} “small spike”;  *{por jej}  “sharp leaf” or even *{porjej} on the model of {naHjej}:

(KGT 88):  a thistle (a flower with dangerously sharp leaves) is a {naHjej} (literally, “sharp fruit”)
Finally, *{tI jej} was used in the old Klingon Bible Translation Project for “thorns”.


From: mayqel qunen'oS
Does anyone have any ideas, on how to express "thorns" ?
All I can come up with, is {tI/San'emDer/'InSong wIlmey/wIlHommey}.
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