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Beklan

Below you'll find my Beklan glossary. I hope you find it helpful in your reading. You're welcome to print it out; it might be useful to keep a copy at hand when reading Maia or Shardik. All terms in italics were taken from Maia; all terms in Roman were taken from Shardik. Terms that appear in both books are so noted.

If you see a word that's in both books and I didn't indicate it as such, or if you have a word from one of the Beklan books that I've missed, please do e-mail me about it -- I'll even give you the credit! Can't beat that deal, can you?


abshay: an upper garment

akrebah: Suban leeches

akrow: Suban fish soup

ancottlia: a poisonous thornbush

banzi: child, baby (used as a pet name)

barrarz: a party on the eve of battle

bola: a kind of wood

bramba: a kind of fish (this term appears in both books)

brillions: a vegetable

brygon: a type of tree

cenchulada: a type of tree

chidron: a long-tailed household pest

claris: a yellow flower

clarzil: a child's nursemaid

crendro: "I see you"; colloquial Ortelgan greeting

cresset: a purple shrub

damazin: a small songbird

deldas: breasts

derlanzel: a xylophone

djebbah: Tonildan corn liquor

dord: a small boat with storage space

ephrit: a Suban fish; its skin is used to make leather

eshcarz: a semiprecious stone

esta-såiyett: the Sacred Queen's title

folda: a hunting knife; Fornis' nickname

frissoor: formal permission to begin a performance (when the frissoor has been given, the performer has license to arrange things to his or her liking)

golian: an early spring lily

glyon: a dragonfly (this term appears in both books)

hakkukar: a kind of forest animal

heldril: old-fashioned people (used to describe political dissidents) (if you've read Adams' Watership Down, note that the suffix of this word is consistent with the rabbit language he invented in that book.)

hellias: a flower

hinnari: a stringed instrument

itarg: a banana-like fruit

jabiru: a waterfowl

jekzha: a light two-wheeled cart

jivda: a kind of forest animal

kalmet: a type of tree

kilyett: a type of Suban boat

kepris: a perfume

keranda: a small red flower

keriot: a Tonildan green heron

ketlana: a small forest deer

kreptoor: a desert scorpion

kura: a public performance of copulation at a party

kynat: a gold and purple migratory bird (this word appears in both books)

larn: purple-flowering bushes

lek: a drum made from a cylinder of bola wood

lembas: a pair of drums consisting of a zhua and a lek

lexis: an ornamental tree

lipsica: Ikatian drink made from fermented peaches

locatalanga: a fragrant vine

margets: small silver schooling fish

marjil: a sexually transmitted disease

meld: the basic unit of currency

meleda: a small yellow aquatic flower

melikon: a tree that bears inedible berries (this term appears in both books)

Melikril: the rainy (winter) season

memmezah: a green and white bird

metlan: a kind of garment

nakai: a type of tree with long leaves

ollaconda: a tree with exposed roots like a cypress

pellard: a dress

penapa: a type of gemstone

planella: a fragrant flowering shrub (this term appears in both books)

prions: sticky jelly sweets

quian: a green-flowering tree

reppa: the second part of the senguela

rogan: a Palteshi song

såiyett: title of respect for a woman

saldis: a type of flower

sanchel: a flowering tree

selpé: the first part of the senguela

selta: a nut

semda: an evening-singing bird

senguela:traditional dance telling the story of Lespa and Shakkarn

seriabre: a green cooking sauce

serrardoes: imported Southern nuts

sestuaga: a white-blooming tree

shagreh: Suban for "sure, okay, whatever"

shearna: an indepedent courtesan (not a slave)

shendron: an Ortelgan lookout

the Sindrad: in Ortelga, the public quarters of High Baron Bel-ka-Trazet

straka: a Belishban warriors' dance

tairth: the vagina

tamarrik: a food-bearing tree

tarpli: a ritual mourning verse

tartua: a type of needlework

tectron: a red flower

tendriona: a grape-like fruit

Tereth: the sacred stone on Quiso (a meteorite)

tessik: a mild sedative (this word appears in both books)

teviasalis: a kind of song

theltocarna: a strong sedative

thrilsa: nuts baked in honey and butter

tibas: a sheltered desert cave

tonda: a traditional dance

trazada: a thornbush

trepsis: a scarlet vine

trug: the lesser unit of currency, part of a meld

tryzatt: a commander of the guard

the Tuginda: the spiritual leader on Quiso

veltron: a men's garment

venda: the anus

wari: a dicelike game (this term appears in both books)

zard: the penis

zeltazla: a bush with "sharp-toothed leaves"

zetlapa: a kind of tree, used for making poles

zhua: a drum made of skin stretched over a bronze bowl

ziltate: a kind of gemstone

zoan: a type of tree with fernlike leaves (this word appears in both books)