sàʻã

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Noun[edit]

sàʻã (plural sàʻã-nî or sàʻã-tê) (tone II, class 2)

  1. face, forehead (inalienable)
    • Āh sàʻã ń ǂgèe.
      • Your face is calm, i.e. You speak in a calm, reserved, demure manner.
    • ǂgúã sàʻã àh ń kè ǃn`a̰a.
      • The contents of the egg is bloody, i.e. The egg is fertilised, contains an embryo.
    • ʘàa ń bà ǀnāhm ké qáe sàʻã.
      • The child is playing in its mother's face, i.e. The child is moving in the womb.
  2. surface

Usage notes[edit]

The word remains the same regardless of whether alienated or possessed. However, an alienated face is a member of Noun Class 3 and Tone Class I.

Derived terms[edit]

  • ǃùhm sàʻã = hill, dune
  • tâa sàʻã = a person's grave
  • ǀgáã sàʻã = workplace
  • ǀqhàn sàʻã = shinbone, also means to be over-sexed
  • ǃōo sàʻã = blade of a knife
  • ǁâo sàʻã = cutting edge of an axe
  • ǁnàm sàʻã = higher part of stomach, solar plexus, genitals (euphemistic)
  • ǂkxʻûm sàʻã = mound of sand
  • ǁgúʻa sàʻã = piss face, i.e. eland
  • sàʻã ʻǃnùm = forehead
  • ǂguʻV sàʻã = to squeeze moisture from the pulp of a tuber into the mouth
  • ʘnṵBV sàʻã = to misunderstand
  • ǃáu sàʻã = surface of a pan
  • ǂúũ sàʻã = place on the point of an ostrich egg where a hole has been drilled (lit. face of the empty ostrich egg)
  • ǂgúã sàʻã = contents of an egg
  • ʻǂn`a̰na sàʻã = surface of a pot
  • sàʻã gǁqhái-sì = first portion, first helping

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